: Telangana Congress leaders launched a frontal attack on TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and others for their choice of words against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Laxmaiah addressing a media conference at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday said Ms. Gandhi won the respect and affection of Telangana people by keeping her word to create Telangana even when it meant sacrificing the interest of party in one region. “But the TRS leaders are describing her as ‘Bali Devatha’ (deity who accepts sacrificial lambs),” he bemoaned.

Party spokesperson D. Sravan Kumar, a former TRS member who joined Congress Party, recently tore into TRS leaders for calling Ms. Gandhi names. It only exposed their lack of propriety, intolerance and crudity, he said.

Recalling that it was TRS leader Harish Rao whose drama of dousing himself with kerosene had provoked and influenced agitating Telangana students to take extreme step, he said there would be no takers for their false propaganda against Ms. Gandhi.

Mr. Kumar played video clippings of KCR’s meetings where he gave credit to Ms. Gandhi and thanked her for making Telangana a reality. Flashing a photograph of KCR and his entire family with the UPA chairperson when he went to Delhi to thank her for Telangana State, he said KCR, a self-serving politician, was targeting Ms. Gandhi as she did not positively respond for his demand of Chief Minister’s post.

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