“Delaying tactics on ‘T’ to blame for rise in suicides”

Telangana Rashtra Samiti deputy floor leader T. Harish Rao on Saturday blamed the delaying tactics of the UPA government and the Congress in taking a decision on the statehood issue for the rising suicides in the region, to press the demand.

Flays MPs

At a press conference, after attending the funeral of party activist K. Sathaiah, who committed suicide during the day, he criticised Seemandhra leaders such as Vundavalli Arun Kumar and Lagadapati Rajagopal, MPs, for ‘lacking concern’ to the suicides which crossed 1,000 mark.

The TRS legislator questioned the MPs whether they were human beings, lacking humane sentiments, wondering why they were still blocking the statehood.

He expressed surprise over Mr. Arun Kumar’s recent statement that Telangana youth were such as his children, yet he was unmoved by the suicides of youngsters.

Mr. Rao hit out at Mr. Rajagopal, saying he was only interested in promoting his business interests and had no love for Telugus. He said the party would expose the irregularities of the MP’s Lanco Power and take him to court.

He criticised the Telangana Ministers, particularly those from the district K. Jana Reddy and N. Uttam Kumar Reddy for their lack of concern to people’s statehood demand and the suicides. They should decide whether they were interested in posts or quit to join the agitation.

The MLA said the party won’t be cowed down by filing of cases by the government against its president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, adding that they were viewed as against the people. He demanded that cases be registered against Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and former Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu and K. Rosaiah for alleged violation of GO 610 and denying jobs and water to the region.

He accused N. Kiran Kumar Reddy of protecting ‘corrupt’ Ministers.

Mr. Rao claimed that the Chief Minister won’t continue for long and wanted him to convene the Assembly to secure confidence vote. He claimed that Mr. Naidu did not have courage to force the government to go.