NIZAMABAD: Member of Parliament Madhu Goud Yaskhi has maintained that Telangana sentiment is high and deep-rooted among people and the current byelections are very crucial as they decide the future course of politics in the State as well as at the Centre.
Since these elections were being fought on the plank of separate Telangana state, people would vote for those parties which were able to instil confidence among them that they would bring separate State. Other factors like price rise and corruption were not going to be the issues in the byelections.
Talking to The Hindu, the former Non-Resident Indian and MP, who is a staunch supporter of separate Statehood for Telangana, disagreed with the comments of former Minister and Congress candidate from Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency T. Jeevan Reddy that there was no Telangana sentiment. He said the sentiment and desire for separate State was very strong among people and it was even vindicated in the interview of Telugu Desam chief N. Chandrababu Naidu with farmers in Warangal district.
However, he hastened to add that Telangana State would materialise only through the Congress. Replying a question, he said the Congress could gain credibility over Telangana issue as unlike in the past, all leaders in the party, including Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and PCC president D. Srinivas, had agreed that there was “sentiment” and Congress was not against a separate State.
Bill to be introduced
The AICC secretary said a Bill for separate Statehood would be introduced in Parliament at an appropriate time. On the poll prospects, he said the TDP would not win even a single seat. “The fight will be between Congress and TRS and our party has fair chances,” he said.