Breaking his stoic silence over the recent developments on Telangana in the Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked the people of the region not to trust that party until a bill bifurcating the State was not only moved, but also passed by the Parliament.

He reminded the people about the fate of the women’s reservation bill and the Constitutional amendment bill providing quota for SCs and STs in government promotions which were passed by the Rajya Sabha, but failed to see light in the Lower House. History spoke that the Congress would resort to similar tactics in the case of Telangana, Mr. Rao said at a meeting to mark joining of Mudhole (Adilabad) MLA S. Venugopalachary in the TRS here on Sunday. The legislator was suspended by the TDP.

Congress leaders would not be able to achieve Statehood for Telangana and only the TRS would ensure that. The TRS would also participate in the reconstruction of the region after the formation of the State. The Congress also went back on its December 9, 2009, statement promising steps to initiate formation of Telangana.

He came down heavily on a Telugu daily for targeting him and said statehood for the region was inevitable as there was a tremendous response from the people cutting across caste, religion and districts.

Mr. Venugopalachary, a four-time MLA and thrice MP, said he was joining the TRS to strengthen the hands of KCR. A former chairman of Urdu academy — Mohammed Raheemullah Khan — also joined the party.