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Monday, January 11, 2010


T Harish Rao, TRS legislator and nephew of party boss K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Sunday that there was no question of accepting any Union cabinet post. KCR is not a person who hankers after posts. He is serious about quitting the Lok Sabha to devote himself totally for dividing the state. That is why he has submitted his resignation to the Lok Sabha speaker. So where is the question of taking up a cabinet post Harish Rao told TOI.

KCR and TRS will continue their fight till the Centre carves out Telangana state. Even now, KCR is continuing with his lobbying in New Delhi and is meeting all leaders, including the Prime Minister, so that the process of state formation is speeded up, Harish Rao said. The rank and file of TRS, including KCR, are waiting for the Centres response following the allparty meeting held in New Delhi on January 5, he added. Harish Rao also denied that any overtures had been made to KCR in the form of a cabinet post. The TRS chief would be back in city on Monday and is expected to participate in the all-party joint action committee meeting on January 12 which will prepare a road map for taking forward the movement for separate a separate.

Earlier, KCR called on PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Sunday and submitted a 10-page document on the regions backwardness. According to party sources, Rao, during his 15-minute meeting, told the PM to divide the state as soon as possible. KCR, who was accompanied by TRS ideologue K Jayashankar, refused to speak to the media. KCR is also trying to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi before returning to Hyderabad on Monday, party sources added.


Giving a new twist to the ongoing T-tangle , senior Congress leader and Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao said the Union government is contemplating to offer the deputy chief minister post to an able leader from Telangana region to placate leaders spearheading the separate state movement. Kavuri, who took part in the all-party meeting in Delhi on Jan 5 on Telangana issue, said though there was no Tsentiment among the people, leaders of TRS and some other parties were unnecessarily raking up the separate statehood demand to grab power. By offering the deputy CM post to T-region , the leaders championing the movement could be silenced and the stir weakened, he argued .

He said the TRS voting percentage in the 2009 elections had decreased to 6.8 from 20 during 2004 polls. He also pooh-poohed the claims of the leaders that there was no development in Telangana.
In fact, this region developed on all front when compared to coastal, north Andhra and Rayalaseema regions , he said, and added that the T-issue would see a lasting solution very soon.

Meanwhile, taking umbrage to Kavuris remarks , senior Congress leader and former minister R Damodar Reddy said in Delhi that they were not after power but want to see a separate Telangana formed immediately . Assailing the MP, Damodar said the deputy CM post offer would not weaken the movement for separate Telangana. He hoped that the Centre would make an announcement on Monday to resolve the issue . Joining the issue, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar and senior Congress leader Indrakaran Reddy ridiculed Kavuris remarks . It is preposterous on the part of the MP to make such comments. The aspirations of over 3.5 crore people of Telangana cannot be dismissed by offering some post, they said.

Congress leader P Goverdhan Reddy too took objection to Sambasiva Raos proposal to offer the post of deputy chief minister to a Telangana leader and asserted that the movement for a separate state would not stop till the state was formed. He said realtors like Sambasiva Rao were only bothered about their business. We need not give too much of importance to such statements, he pointed out.

Nizamabad: While the contentious T-issue is caught in a bind, serious efforts are on to unfurl Telangana flags atop each and every house in the 10 districts of the region. Leaving no stone unturned , the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) is going ahead with its T-flag drive to sustain the separate statehood movement among the rural pockets. While huge hoardings explaining the injustice meted out to the region in the last five decades have already been placed in almost all gram panchayat premises , the next logical step would be to hoist the T-flags.


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