Chief Minister accused of creating confusion among the people on bifurcation process

Senior Congress leader D. Srinivas has asserted that nothing can stop the formation of separate Telangana State as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was firm on fulfilling the long cherished aspirations of the people.

He said Ms. Gandhi had assured him at a meeting on December 23 that the process for bifurcation of the State was underway. “I don’t think the process will stop. I am confident that there will be no need for voting on the Bill when it comes up before the Parliament and it will be passed by voice vote,” he said.

Speaking at a round table of political parties and others convened by the Telangana Gazetted Officers Association here on Wednesday, he criticised Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy for trying to create confusion among the people on bifurcation process with claims that he was not consulted before the decision.

The Congress Core Committee and the Working Committee announced the decision after holding discussions with him.

“Mr. Reddy is challenging the high command’s decision. He is not elected as Chief Minister and he is given the post by the Congress high command,” he said exhorting Telangana leaders to remain cautious till the Bill was passed in the Parliament.

Minister Basvaraj Saraiah took a dig at those seeking amendments in the Assembly claiming that only Parliament was empowered to make amendments/changes to the Bill.

TRS floor leader E. Rajender said the process for suggesting amendments and changes was initiated in the Assembly for the personal satisfaction of some leaders. But it would not have any impact on the Bill as it did not have its origins in the State. CPI MLAs G. Mallesh and K. Sambasiva Rao, Y. Srinivas and Y. Lakshminarayana (both BJP), Nizamabad MP Madhu Yashki, Congress MLC K. Yadava Reddy and others including the office bearers of the TNGOs and TGOs associations spoke.