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Updated: October 4, 2011 12:36 IST

Manmohan offers no solution, only asking for more time: TRS chief

J. Balaji
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TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao leaves from Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi on Monday Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao leaves from Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi on Monday Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

I will again go on fast-unto-death, says K. Chandrasekhar Rao

Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday rejected outright Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's plea for ending the agitation for creation of a separate State and seeking “more time” to resolve the issue.

He threatened to go on a fast unto death again unless the Centre came out with a clear-cut announcement mentioning a time frame within which the State of Telangana would be formed. In fact, the ongoing stir in the Telangana region, which entered the 22nd day on Monday, would be intensified.

‘No positive development'

Mr. Rao, along with Telangana Joint Action Committee convener Prof. K. Kodhandaram, told journalists that the delegation which met Dr. Singh was not satisfied with his response and there was no positive development at the meeting.

He said: “The Prime Minister asked us to call off the agitation. We told him it is not in our hands. People are very angry in Telangana and they have even decided not to celebrate festivals. People are dying every day for the cause of Telangana.”

Dr. Singh told the delegation that he understood the demand, sentiments and aspirations of the people. But he did not give any assurance, Mr. Rao said. “He told us that a process is under way and consultations are on and said that will take some more time.” But the Prime Minister was not coming out with a solution.

The TRS chief said he urged Dr. Singh to instruct Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to restore seven-hour power supply to farmers in Telangana. He charged Mr. Reddy with instigating farmers against the Telangana movement.

“Nothing new in PM's assurance”

At his meetings with delegations from Telangana on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh repeated what he had said. “There is nothing new in his assurance” on the Telangana issue, said. Nagarkurnool Congress MP Manda Jagannath.

Mr. Jagannath urged Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to stop issuing “irrelevant” statements, separating the views of the Congress from those of the UPA government.

Both the Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samiti delegations wanted Dr. Singh to bring in the Bill on Telangana at once. The Congress functionaries told him that the Centre should at least announce a time frame for creating a new State. They said people were not in a mood even to celebrate Deepavali.

Informed sources said some members of the Congress delegation, led by Ministers J. Geeta Reddy and K. Jana Reddy, asked Dr. Singh to rein in Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, whose statements were “further causing trouble.”

Congress spokesperson Abishek Singhvi said at a press briefing that the leadership was making efforts “for a comprehensive, satisfactory and expeditious resolution…”

Mr. Singhvi asked CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, who had written to Dr. Singh on the Telangana issue, to reveal his “magic formula.” “Patience is the key, as a solution to the ticklish issue would take time.”

CPI stand

Meanwhile, the CPI has rejected the government's decision to hold “further consultations.” Its general secretary A.B. Bardhan said after TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao called on him that the party would soon write to Dr. Singh.

“There is no need to consult the national parties as all parties, except the Congress, have taken a stand on the [Telangana] demand,” he said.

Kurnool and Anantapur are the heartbeat of Rayalseema it cannot and should not be divided. Would it be proper to say Nalgonda or Khammam be part of Andhra or divide West Godavari or Krishna to Telangana it looks absurd so would suggestions of Kurnool and Anantapur be divided from Rayalseema.

I think the main point on the table by these two groups (TRS and Andhra)are that both want Hyderabad for themselves so i believe that as a compromise for Hyderabad to be shared by offering Kurnool and Anantapur is a proposal from (Andhra)or a proposal from TRS as it realises that it cannot keep Hyderabad for itself wants to get a better deal at the cost of undermining people form Rayalseema. I don’t think this proposal is viable or that it would be acceptable by people from Rayalseema. I as a citizen from this region would like to see a united Andhra Pradesh in the best case scenario or Rayalseema united with either parts of the state but NOT AN OTHER DIVISION OF MY REGION. As it is this region is the poorest in the united AP and this sub division would further erode the voice and plight of its people from both these narrow-minded dividers of the state.

from:  Swaroop
Posted on: Oct 7, 2011 at 14:33 IST

I entirely agree with Rallabhandy Ravindranath.KCR and such leaders are working for themselves and not the public. The public and aam admi are only suffering. Schools are closed and students are unnecessarily suffering. Valuable time is lost which can never be recovered. Whatever gains AP and Hyderabad have achieved in IT and other sectors competing with Bangalore will vanish because of these foolish and selfish leaders(so called leaders!).The students are the future of India.KCR and his ilk will regret if they have any conscience for imposing avoidable hardship on the public.The country can ill afford such colossal waste of time.

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Oct 5, 2011 at 02:33 IST

Wowww.... Just looking at the comments., It shows how indifferent we are to suffering of the people. Nope., I am not supporting the folks who say.. they are suffering due to the Strike called off by people of Telangana., one should understand, why and how, so many people from One region are fighting their cause. Before any one makes a comment, One should know that The Telangana region did not get independence from the Rulers of Nizam until they fought their way out off oppression.
I would suggest my brethren over here to know the history and try to respect peoples moments, why people baring all the troubles are supporting this cause...Wake up and stop being indifferent to others suffering. When you feel you are running into troubles., know what the other people are going through.

from:  Shravan B
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 21:25 IST

Andhra Pradesh is a prosperous state now compared to 1970. There is no point in bifurcation or trifurcation. The agitation by a few has caused immense hardship to common people. Those on strike should have guts to accept the principle of "no work, no pay", otherwise (in case they get back the salary)where was the strike and the sacrifice by them ( infact, only in banks/insurance sectors the principle is applied in true letter and spirit and the employees accept the same)? The agitationists and the political parties should understand that they are playing with the lives of students by forcing the schools/colleges shut, who is going to make good the loss to students and their parents. Further, hundreds of crore has been invested in Hyderabad (thanks mainly to Chandrababu Naidu, though I do not like him politically ) and the city of Hyderabad/Greater Hyderabad should be made into a Union Territory in case the Centre were to accept the demand for separate State for Telengana.

from:  VC Sekar
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 17:37 IST

When KCR is in hyderabad ,He says Center has agreed for bifurication of Telengana includeing Kurnool and Ananthapur.when he was in delhi he says there is no assurance from the center about the bifurication of AP.and here the people are loosing there basic rights in order to get the Telengana Really a shame on the politicians who plays with the sentiments of the people.

from:  Theja
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 14:29 IST

Good and effective governance requires small states. In fact division of several large states of India are overdue. For example, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh can be divided in one go. This will reduce the impact of Telengana creation. Telengana deserves to be a state. This status-quo government must shed now its indecisive habit for a change. This govt is famous for late reaction (that too in a wrong way) and not action. It first denies and later accepts Chinese army's picnic in Arunachal (but does nothing), fist announces time-frame to create Telengana, later goes back in words (again without doing anything).

from:  Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 14:09 IST

First KCR & Kodandaram should learn to keep their flock under control rather than dictating terms to the Govt both at the state level as well the center. KCR & Co did one more thamasha to deceive the people before Rajghat on Oct 2nd by observing 2 hrs silences and claiming that they were following the Gandhian way of protests to achieve separate statehood and would continue to do so. On 3rd apart from causing other inconvenience about 25 buses coming from Vijayawada to Hyderabad were stoned. JAC wants to stop all vehicles going from Hyderabad at Nalgonda on the 4th of Oct. KCR & Kodandaram would they explain if this is Gandhian way or is it asking too much from them as Mr.Kodandaram feels that even salt satyagraha was a militant agitation. One of the demand put forward by KCR & Co before the P.M was that all the agitating Govt staff should be paid full salaries along with festival bonus, whos money are you asking to be paid to theses people who have not worked on the name of Telangana Mr.KCR? The money of the people who have been put to grave inconvenience because of these very people? The State Government has done the right thing by sticking to the policy of “NO WORK NO PAY”. You cannot achieve something by threats so KCR & Co should realize that formation of a separate state is a complex issue and it cannot be done because of DESIRE, SENTIMENT or EMOTIONS. So first focus your energy to see that no common man is put to inconvenience or discomfort.

from:  Rama Raju
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 11:28 IST

The idea of a Telangana state has long gone by. It could have made sense in 1969 when Chenna Reddy cheated the people of Telangana for the CM’s post. It is wrong to think that giving Telangana is a way of making small states rule better. Andhra had been a prosperous and wealthy state rich in art, culture and music. The Quota goondas have always cast an evil eye on AP to break the state and the best example is Rajiv Gandhi abusing the then CM Anjaiah at the airport publicly which led to the fall of Congress and rise of NTR. Now a Frankenstein monster called KCR has been created by Quota Congress Neros and he is bent upon destroying Telangana and Andhra. He is a megalomaniac if there was one in our modern time. The best way is to call in the army and declare President’s rule. Will the Congress eunuchs listen?

from:  vedam
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 11:17 IST

Any further procrastination by the Union Government would only aggravate the situation. There is no need for further consultations on formation of Telangana. The Centre should announce clear and concrete plan of action for forming a separate state. what is that expeditious resolution, which has already taken more than 3 years. Any delay would only spoil the prospects of the congress party in future. The Union Government should seriously think about the sufferings of the common man, who is no way connected with the agitations or separate state. for the last 20 days life in Hyderabad has come to a stand still. the daily wage earners are the worst effected. Legal profession is also worst hit. Junior Advocates are struggling very hard to make their living due to continuous boycott of all lower courts. The State government has utterly failed make any alternative arrangements to lessen the inconvenience caused to common man due to bandhs and strikes. The govt has no clear vision to solve it.

from:  Krishna Mohan
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 11:08 IST

Let our PM quit his job and sit at home.. shame on him. Not able to make any proper decisions on time. Actually he is enslaved by someone, need to ask them before making any decision. Poor plight of Indians.. Let us not elect congress atleast for the next time, but who is there to elect. BJP still searching for a good leader. Such a populated country and not having a single good leader to make India proud

from:  Bhagat. kP
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 11:00 IST

The Central Government has to take a call one way or the other. Issues cannot hang in the balance forever, and pull the nation down with the uncertainty it creates. Our PM waits and waits until water rises over the head (as evidenced in the handling of corruption scandals aka. CWG and 2G, and Anna Hazare), makes false promises (action on CWG after Shunglu Panel report, repeated flipflops on the LokPal), and then reneges on them citing frivolous reasons. We expect sincerety from our Prime Minister, not political games.

from:  Thomas George
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 10:28 IST

The problem will get more complex with efflux of time.No solution acceptable to all is likely to emerge by postponing the decision . Let the Centre wake up before it is too late.It is only Hobson's choice, to concede the genuine demand.

from:  svvenkatakrishnan
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 10:19 IST

Those who are resonsible for the crop loss in Andhra Pradesh are now threatening the government about croploss etc. This is called the thief himself is crying that he was looted. Mr.KCR and his party members are the culprits for the current day crisis. He cries that the centre is cheated and responisble for the current imbroglio. Here is our sincere request to the Prime Minister and other UPA members in the Government, please do not take any hasty decision over bifurcation and also pleae impose President Rule in the state immediately to control the agitating the unryly mob as well as their leaders.

from:  Rallabhandy Ravindranath
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 08:21 IST

These people are not working for people instead they are making people suffer. If you really want telangana why you make telangana people suffer? Just go to delhi and show your agitation skills over there. Have we ever seen any politician or his family suffering these days , answer is no - they all are happy and the only sufferers were common man. All these people want is just power. I openly challenge you politicians to come and just declare openly that you just need TELANGANA not power and you or your family wont contest in elections. They cant because their main aim is power not Telangana.KCR never worked for people from the time he got elected as MP. Initially when he was given Union Ministery of Coal & Mines why he had resigned , why he had not resolved any problems of Singareni Workers and why he is speaking about their problems now. I just want people to understand the real picture. AP is having 42 MP seats so only state is getting some benifits otherwise it will b another JARKHAND.

from:  vamsi
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 07:33 IST

UPA II appear to be under the impression that postponing the issues will make the issues disappear by mere passage of time. Until the issues are brought to a head by peoples' agitations, or court rulings or some other crisis, the Govt. fails to take cognizance of the issues.This will only bring in more agitations, court interferances and crises. Harping on GDP growth alone cannot make issues disappear. GDP growth may make India take pride in international fora and make the industrialists, mining mafia and the rich more rich. But in the MDG, there is not much for India to hold its head high. HOPE THE GOVT. WILL NOT GO BACK IN TAKING HARD DECISIONS WHERE NEEDED LIKE IN TELANGANA BLACK MONEY CORRUPTION,MINING MAFIA ETC.

from:  Narayana Sambarapu
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 06:42 IST

This does not bring any joy for residents of Hyderabad. Why can we not have a referendum? The leaders claims are all rubbish. If there is no coal how can the APTransco give 7 hours power supply to farmers. The honest citizen who is paying such high tariffs for his power is being given a cut of 4 - 6 hours.Everybody wants to celebrate Dussehra. Let Mrs.Geeta Reddy visit the shopping malls. Let Mr.Kodandaraman visit the sweet shop. When the backlash for all this mayhem comes they will run away to another state.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 06:37 IST

I think KCR should give some more time to the PM as the issue needs a deep study and it's repercussions on other such demands throghout INDIA.After all same set of people having been living as brothers sine generations and sowing the seed of hatred from both the sides is not in the best interest of the nation.IS SEPARATISM REALLY REQUIRED? is definitely an issue to be debated.

from:  j.saibaba
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 05:55 IST

Andhra state formation took place as a result of Potti Sreeramulu's fast unto death and i dont wish that Telangana should also be formed on the same back ground, history will say they are copy cats. KCR should eat to death, if he really wants to get seperated from andhra.

from:  Kiran Maddu
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 05:42 IST

Certain issues cannot be resolved easily. One has to bear in mind that the people of Andhra Pradesh are divided on the Telengana issue. Also,there are other issues like inflation,growth are awaiting solution. There are also global issues and national issues such as terrorism taking the time of the govt.It is a pity that selfish politicians are forcing issues and giving ultimatums.Fast unto death appears to be the fashion of the day.Anyone and everyone can use this fashionable threat.

from:  B.Baskaran
Posted on: Oct 4, 2011 at 05:26 IST
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