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KCR threatens to intensify stir

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Asks Manmohan to act or the region will be in ‘flames'


No force can stop the movement for separate Statehood, says TRS chief

He takes part in the condolence meet of Jayashankar along with BJP, CPI leaders




all ears: Senior BJP leader Najma Heptullah watches TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao raising slogan at the condolence meet of Jayashankar in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

HYDERABAD: TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to keep up his promise of granting separate Statehood to Telangana or else the region would be in “flames”.

Speaking at a meeting to condole the death of K. Jayashankar, organised by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), Mr. Rao said no force could stop the movement for Statehood. It would not stop even if the Centre went ahead with the institution of a regional development council. On the other hand, people would dump the Congress in the Bay of Bengal if the proposal was implemented.

Recalling a meeting, he and Jayashankar had with the Prime Minister in 2004, Mr. Rao said Jayashankar had informed Dr. Singh then that there was no alternative to separate Telangana. “Everything has been sufficiently experimented and separate State was the only answer”. Jayashankar told Dr. Singh in response to the latter's question whether there could be an alternative to Statehood. Jayashankar also reminded Dr. Singh that the merger of erstwhile Hyderabad State with Andhra was neither unconditional nor eternal, Mr. Rao said.

Flays Congress

Former deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha Najma Heptullah (BJP) said it was the Congress style of functioning to take one step forward and four backward, referring to the promise given by the party to start the process of formation of State and then retreating. The tactic will not work anymore, she said.

CPI deputy general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy said Jayashankar undertook a scientific study about the anguish of people of Telangana for separate State. He posted people with information on the findings of the study at regular intervals, Mr. Reddy said.

JAC chairman M. Kodandaram read out resolutions of the meeting demanding installation of Jayashankar's statues on Tank Bund and in Warangal and memorials in both places.

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