Special Correspondent

Movement heading towards its logical end, says Telangana Rashtra Samiti president

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has appealed to the students to lead the separate Telangana movement during its decisive stage now.

The youth should take up cudgels by forcing elderly people in their respective villages support the TRS in the elections, he said while addressing a well-attended public meeting ‘Vidyarthi Garjana’, organised by the party at the Nizam College grounds here on Monday evening. Mr. Rao said the movement was heading towards its logical end as Statehood to Telangana by political means was on the cards. There was no need for youth to sacrifice their lives like when the movement peaked in 1969.

The TRS chief lashed out at the Congress for scuttling the movement by engineering a split in the party. The Congress succeeded in its attempt because the TRS was the lone party championing the cause of Telangana before 2004 elections. He dared the Congress to repeat the act against several parties that, of late, raised the banner of separate Telangana. He said the Congress had to go in the next elections if the demand was to be met. People of the region would not be assured of justice in the integrated State.

Balladeer Gadar said the Congress ditched the people of the State on two promises it made in 2004. First, it assured solving the naxalite problem and invited the extremists to talks. But, the government inflicted a death blow to naxalites by crushing the movement and killing in encounters 80 out of 85 extremists who turned up for talks. The government also went back on the promise of separate Telangana.