New Delhi/Hyderabad: The Congress high command on Tuesday effectively told its leaders from Telangana that they should stop coming to New Delhi for appointments with central leaders. According to sources, Congress chief Sonia Gandhis political secretary Ahmed Patel told K Jana Reddy, R Damodar Reddy (both MLAs) and G Vivekananda (MP) who met him on Monday night that there was no question of acceding to their plea for an appointment with Sonia. They were told not to come to Delhi and keep quiet on the T issue on the assurance that a committee with a time-frame would be appointed soon. These three T Congress leaders returned to Hyderabad on Tuesday, conceding their mission had failed. T Congress MLAs, MLCs and MPs were to meet members of Congress core committee, including Sonia in the next couple of days to report to them the intensity of the T movement and the suicides over the same issue. CWC member K Keshava Rao was to have led the delegation. According to sources, the high command refused to entertain the delegation of Telangana Congress leaders pointing out that it would lead to competitive politics within the party.
Non-T Cong leaders too seek audience with Sonia
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Congress leaders from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have told the high command that their request too for an audience with the party president should be obliged in case the Telangana delegation were given such an audience, said a leader. And in order to convince that their threat was real, around 90 leaders from the non-T regions including MLAs, MPs and MLCs are said to have sought an appointment with Sonia as a direct challenge to the Chalo Delhi mission of the Telangana Congress leaders. Even Veerappa Moily, AICC incharge of AP affairs told the T leaders to call off their Delhi visit as it would lead to renewed tension in the state.
This is not the first time the Andhra Congress leaders thwarted the attempts of their Telangana brethren on the Telangana issue. After Chidambarams statement in favour of Telangana on December 9, the non-T leaders resorted to massive lobbying in Delhi besides mass resignations from the Assembly . Ultimately, the Centre had to tone down its statement and issue a milder one on December 23.
MLA faces egg attack - T Activists Stop City Legislators From Hoisting Tricolour
Hyderabad: Telangana activists interrupted several MLAs from hoisting the Tricolour in their constituencies on Tuesday. At about 9.30 am, Lok Satta MLA Jayprakash Narayan went to ZPH School in Kukatpally to hoist the national flag, but Telangana activists gheraoed him and asked him to spell out his stance on the statehood issue. However , with police intervention, the Kukatpally MLA hoisted the flag and addressed the gathering. Police took six protesters into custody and released them later.
In Sanatnagar, Telangana agitators threw eggs on the convoy of MLA M Shashidhar Reddy while he was leaving the place after hoisting the flag there. In another incident, the LB Nagar police registered cases against a TDP corporators husband and five of his associates for disrupting the flag hoisting function at Mansoorabad and insulting the national flag. Cases were booked against Narasimha Reddy, the husband of Lata, TDP corporator from Mansoorabad, and his associates under sections 427 (Mischief and causing damage to property), 334 (Voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971.
TRSF not to allow IPL matches
Telangana Research Scholars Forum (TRSF) has warned that they will not let IPL matches be staged in the city until the Union government declares Telangana state. Talking to TOI, TRSF member R Rudra Reddy said they would not let IPL matches happen in the city if the Centre failed to spell out its stance on the Telangana issue. TNN
(SOURCE - TOI)