TRS chief wants bill on T soon
For someone who has spearheaded the movement for separate Telangana state for over 12 years, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) founder-president K Chandrasekhar Rao was surprisingly subdued and cautious while reacting to the announcement on the decision to grant statehood.
“We will wait till a bill on Telangana is introduced in Parliament,” Rao said when asked for his reaction to the UPA’s decision on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
The TRS supremo’s cautious approach came as a surprise as he himself had declared on several occasions in the past that he was prepared to merge his party with the Congress if it granted statehood for Telangana.
The UPA leadership had kept him out of the consultation process leading to the decision on dividing the state.
Rao appeared clearly dissatisfied with Hyderabad being made the common capital. “What is this common capital? It needs to be clarified,” he said. The TRS chief evaded questions on his party’s merger with Congress.
It was Rao’s indefinite fast for the statehood cause in November, 2009 that had prompted the UPA government to first announce commencement of the process for formation of Telangana state. However, the Congress had backtracked following a violent backlash from the Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra region.
Earlier, Rao’s son and senior party legislator K T Rama Rao said that his party would not accept Hyderabad as a common capital for ten years. “We also have doubts about the commitment of the Congress in fulfilling its promises,” he said.
Addressing media at party headquarters, KCR admitted offering to merge TRS with Congress.
"Yes, I made that offer once to the Congress that I will not hesitate merging TRS after formation of Telangana state. Now that Congress has kept its promise, I will have to keep my word but there are some clarifications that we need before taking any such decision," KCR said.
He also said the decision will have to be taken only after the party politburo agrees. "But confabulations within the party will take place only after the Bill is passed in Parliament and issues are sorted out," KCR said. He assured Seemandhra people living in Telangana region, particularly in Hyderabad, that TRS will ensure their safety and they should not panic.
Meanwhile, the Andhra JAC gave a call for a bandh on Wednesday, protesting against the CWC announcement on Telangana. While Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao faxed his resignation from USA and Tulasi Reddy, chairman of 20-point programme implementation committee, also resigned following the announcement of Telangana.
Vijayawada MP, Lagadapati Rajagopal, said that Samaikhyandhra (unified Andhra) legislators should defeat the T resolution in the State Assembly in order to get the decision taken by the Congress party reversed.