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Announce steps for formation of separate Telangana: Chandrasekhar Rao

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  • HYDERABAD: The All-India Congress Committee has sent feelers to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to re-join the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre.

    Stating this at a press conference here on Monday, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao said his party was, however, not in a hurry to join the Congress-led coalition. "We are not interested in meeting the AICC leaders as of now."

    The TRS quit the UPA in August last in protest against the UPA's "indifference" in expediting steps for formation of a separate State. The AICC's feelers have come at a time when the TRS is grappling with the fallout of the passport scam in which some of its leaders have been named and that led to the suspension of senior leader A. Narendra.

    Mr. Rao said the TRS was insisting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announce steps for the formation of separate Telangana, and it would continue to mount pressure on the Centre until the demand was conceded.

    Beedi workers

    The TRS president said he would lead a delegation of MLAs and MPs from Telangana to New Delhi on May 5 to represent to the Prime Minister the impact that skull and crossed bones mark on beedi bundles, a statutory health warning, would have on the livelihood of lakhs of people dependent on beedi manufacturing.

    Mr. Rao said the party would organise a 200-km scooter rally by 100 women in Nalgonda district from May 15 demanding allocation of 200 tmcft water to affected villages. The rally would culminate in a public meeting on May 17.

    Though agencies such as the World Health Organisation had advocated surface water as the only remedy to fluoride-related problems, no steps had been initiated so far.