TDP is not against separate State, he reiterates

Undeterred by the protests from the Telangana protagonists, including the TRS and BJP activists, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has reiterated that the TDP was not against separate Telangana State, and added that it was for the Congress party to take a decision on the issue.

“If I go one side (Telangana), it will create problem for the TDP in other regions (Seemandhra). I want to protect the party on two sides for the future generation and protect the State from the Congress landlords and feudalism”, he pointed out. He also alleged that the Congress party was planning to weaken the TDP on the issue.

Reacting to a query raised by a government teacher during an interactive session at a huge public meeting organised in Murugupalli village of Gangadhara mandal as part of his “Vasthunna Meekosam” padayatra, which entered sixth day in Karimnagar district on Thursday, the TDP president said that “the Congress party, which is in power should take a decision on separate Telangana statehood issue by convening an all-party meeting”. He said that he would not hurt the sentiments of Telangana people, amid cheers from the gathering.

Alleging that the Congress had forged alliance with TRS in 2004 elections, but failed to fulfil the promise made to the people of Telangana region, he said and added that they had taken a decision for Telangana in 2008 and accordingly written a letter to then Union Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Stating that the UPA government had convened all-party meeting on Telangana only to please the Telangana Congress MPs for securing their votes for the passage of FDI bill, he demanded that the Congress party should disclose its stand on Telangana and later we would tell our opinion.

Condemning the cheap politics being played by the TRS by provoking students of TRSV to obstruct the TDP meeting, he said “We have not obstructed the TRS meetings and why should they obstruct my party meeting. What will happen if I also provoke my TNSF activists,” he questioned and called upon the student community realise the facts.

Alleging that TRS president K.Chandrashekhar Rao was concerned over securing power to his family members, he said that Mr. Rao had not done anything for the people of Telangana.

The Telangana protagonists, including TRS and BJP staged protests separately at the meeting by raising placards.