‘KCR will write to Prime Minister on shortcomings in the draft Bill’

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has dismissed claims of Seemandhra leaders that the results in the elections in four States would force the Congress leadership to rethink on its decision to create separate Telangana State.

The party is of the view that the results will, in fact, hasten the process further as the results will put pressure on the Congress leadership to prove that it is committed to fulfilling the promises it made to the people. “If they (Seemandhra leaders) feel the results will put a halt to the process, it is their wishful thinking,” TRS MLA K.T. Rama Rao said.

He, however, said the party would not accept any conditions and limitations on key issues like education, employment and status of Hyderabad during the formation of separate Telangana State. TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao would write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday highlighting the shortcomings in the draft Bill that were against the spirit of the Constitution.

Mr. Rama Rao was speaking at a round table organised by the Telangana Journalists Forum here on Monday. The other speakers, including BJP MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Congress MLC K. Yadav Reddy and TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram expressed concern that the Bill if allowed would give “legitimacy and legal sanctity” to the injustice done to the region ever since its merger with Andhra State.

Provisions like continuing status quo in education and employment for 10 years and constitution of boards on river water management would deny youth opportunities for which they fought all these years. “These conditions are unwarranted. I will take the issue to the notice of Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and other senior leaders asking them to see that they are removed,” Dr. Janardhan Reddy said.

Prof. Kodandaram said though the process had reached its climax, the people should continue to be vigilant preventing scope for deviations. “We need to move cautiously and strategically from now on to reach our goal of creating a Telangana without pre-conditions,” he said.