Makes light of promise to decide on statehood by June-end

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao alleged that the ruling Congress party has been trying to deceive people of Telangana once again by stating that it will take a decision on the demand for statehood to the region by June-end.

Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had, however, failed to specify whether the Congress was going to take a decision by this month-end or by 2014 June-end or 2015 as he had given new definition for the period of one month in the past, Mr. Rao said sarcastically while addressing a public meeting marking the joining of two Congress MPs, a former CWC member and others into the TRS here on Sunday. He criticised Mr. Azad for his comments on these MPs.

In the backdrop of light showers and cloudy weather, the public meeting was cut short to less than an hour as only KCR and former CWC member K. Keshava Rao spoke. Congress MPs M. Jagannath and G. Vivekanand, former minister G. Vinod , TDP leaders P. Manik Reddy, P. Chandrasekhar and Marri Janardhan Reddy and leaders of BJP, CPI were among those who formally joined TRS on the occasion.

Criticising the ruling party for sitting over the Telangana issue since 2004, KCR said the Congress MPs had done everything in their purview to convince the party leadership, but in vain. TRS would support Telangana JAC’s ‘Chalo Assembly’ call on June 14 and called upon people of the region to participate in large numbers.

He termed the legislators of Congress and TDP from Telangana “useless” as they were silent on the Chief Minister’s threat that he would not even allot a paisa to the constituencies in the region.

In an attempt to woo Muslims, KCR spoke in Urdu for a while and said TRS was a secular party. “We will restore the Ganga-Jamuni ‘tehzeeb’ (culture) in the region,” he assured.

Mr. Keshava Rao said he had decided to join TRS after feeling defeated in Congress following his efforts for the cause at all levels in the party.