Narendra plans parallel stir for Telangana

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`TIGER' CAGED?: Suspended TRS MP and former Union Minister A. Narendra at a press conference in Hyderabad on Thursday. PHOTO: Satish. H
`TIGER' CAGED?: Suspended TRS MP and former Union Minister A. Narendra at a press conference in Hyderabad on Thursday. PHOTO: Satish. H

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To launch parallel agitation on Telangana issue

  • Says movement not monopoly of TRS
  • Offers to face inquiry into allegations

    HYDERABAD: Suspended Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader A. Narendra has resented the manner in which he was shown the door by party president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in the wake of passport scam.

    Addressing a press conference at his New MLA Quarters office here on Thursday, Mr. Narendra said he would have resigned from the party on his own if Mr. Rao did not want him to continue. Instead, Mr. Rao chose to heap needless allegations against him with the sole objective of showing him in poor light and expelling him from the party.

    Son's wedding

    Mr. Narendra said he would announce his future political programme after the wedding of his son on May 2. He would, however, lead a parallel agitation to that of TRS over separate Telangana. The movement was not the monopoly of TRS and much less Mr. Rao, the MP added.

    He offered to face any inquiry into allegations that he was kingpin of emigration racket and that he had misused the diplomatic passports of TRS MPs D. Ravindra Naik and T. Madhusudhan Reddy for the purpose. It was true that the passports of the two leaders were with him for some time but he returned them before any visas were obtained. He was not responsible for the embossing of visa stamps on the passports.

    On the other hand, Mr. Narendra asked Mr. Rao, Mr. Naik, Mr. Reddy and two other TRS MLAs, T. Harish Rao and S. Ramalinga Reddy, to prove if they were not involved in sending Gujarati men, women and children to the US by issuing false declarations.

    Mr. Narendra also said his suspension was timed to coincide with the sixth anniversary celebrations of TRS at Warangal on Friday as it would provide a

    platform to the leadership to attack him. The conspiracy to send him out of the party was actually hatched several months ago when he questioned the indiscriminate mobilisation of funds by the party president and others. At a separate news conference, Mr. Madhusudhan Reddy alleged that he gave the passport to Mr. Narendra to help him in getting a Japanese visa for treatment of his injured wife who died last year.

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