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Updated: December 25, 2009 01:55 IST

No need for second SRC, says TRS chief

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TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao speaking at the first meeting of newly formed Telangana Joint Action Committee in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The Hindu TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao speaking at the first meeting of newly formed Telangana Joint Action Committee in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday rejected the Centre’s reported move to go for a second States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) on Telangana statehood issue and expressed helplessness if the agitation for the separate state took a violent turn.

Replying to a query from mediapersons, he said appointing a second SRC is not at all acceptable to the TRS.

“In fact, it is an insult to us. The first SRC had recommended formation of Telangana. Then where is the question of a second SRC now?” he said.

Warning that the Telangana movement might turn violent, Mr. Rao asked: “What can we do? What is it that anybody can do? Who organised lakhs of students to come onto the streets?”

He said: “People volunteered to come. Political parties were at today’s [Thursday] meeting. Who provoked them? Mr. Chidambaram provoked them.”

“There is a volcanic reaction in Telangana in protest against the Centre’s fresh statement” on Wednesday night, putting the Telangana formation issue on the backburner, he said.

He said the Centre has committed a mistake by “going back on its promise to form separate Telangana. If they want peace in this part of the country, we are asking them to stick to the promise.”

Mr. Rao said a “non-cooperation movement” will be launched soon to mount pressure on the government.

Maintaining that en masse resignations by MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other public representatives demanding creation of Telangana were unconditional, he said, “it is unethical for K. Rosaiah to continue as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.”

“In fact, where is Andhra Pradesh today? There is a clear division in the State,” he said, adding the State’s Ministers should also resign in the wake of the Centre’s “failure to initiate the process for formation of Telangana.”

Referring to Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement that there is no unanimity in the State over formation of Telangana, he said consensus would never be possible because the total number of Assembly seats in Telangana is fewer than the seats in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema together.

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