Staff Reporter

Leaders want Central Government to withdraw its commitment to carve out separate Telangana

TRS chief accused of endangering integrity of Andhra Pradesh

Government should not bow to pressure tactics, says leaders

Kakinada: Congress and Praja Rajyam Party leaders have asserted that their ‘Samaikhya Andhra’ agitation will continue till the Central Government withdrew its commitment to form Telangana State. They will otherwise sit on a hunger strike to ensure that the State is not bifurcated unilaterally.

A motorcycle rally was organised on Sunday under the leadership of Kakinada City MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhara Reddy and District Congress Committee (DCC) president Ch. Venugopala Krishna.

All-religion prayers

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) held all-religion prayers at its district office hoping that good sense would prevail on the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P. Chidambaram. TDP district president and MLC N. Chinna Rajappa, former MLA V. Venkateswara Rao, Gollapalli Surya Rao and others took part. The Congress, the TDP and the PRP accused TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao of endangering the integrity of Andhra Pradesh and called upon the people of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to realise his ulterior motives behind seeking statehood for Telangana. They regretted that Mr. Rao persisted with his divisive policies though the people of Telangana taught him a bitter lesson in the 2009 Assembly elections. Addressing a public meeting at Balajicheruvu here, Mr. Venugopala Krishna said Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao black-mailed the Central Government, which failed to assess the implications of granting statehood for Telangana. The government still appeared to be clueless about the steps required to defuse the crisis gripping the State. The statehood for Telangana was opposed by all the political parties and the government should not bow to pressure mounted by Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose penchant for political gains was evident from the way he conducted himself over the last few years.

Hunger strike

Mr. Chandrasekhar Reddy said leaders of all political parties were prepared to sit on hunger strike if the government decided to create Telangana in spite of the overwhelming opposition to it from different quarters of society. There was a huge number of people in Telangana who wanted the State to remain as a single entity for which there was no better evidence than the massive electoral losses TRS suffered on its own turf.

MLC G. Rudraraju, Congress MLAs Thota Venkata Narasimham, P. Rajeswari Devi and N. Sesha Reddy, PRP MLA P. Gandhi Mohan, noted advocate Sk. Mohiddin and others were present.