Staff Reporter

BJP leader asks PCC chief not to contest or field candidates in the 12 seats

12 MLAs belonging to BJP, TRS and TDP quit their seats for Telangana

Congress was a partner in the Joint Action Committee which took the decision

NIZAMABAD: Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Ch. Vidyasagar Rao called upon PCC president D. Srinivas not to contest the Nizamabad (Urban) Assembly constituency by-election and not to field his party men in eleven other constituencies where similar elections were supposed to be held.

The seats where the by-elections are being held are the ones where the 12 MLAs, belonging to BJP, TRS and TDP relinquished their posts in accordance with the Telangana demand as per a decision taken by the Telangana Joint Action Committee. The Congress was also a constituent partner of the JAC when the Telangana agitation was at its height.

Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Mr. Rao said that the Rayalaseema and Andhra leaders were united and vehemently opposed the December 9 statement of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram. The Telangana leaders of different political parties were, however, divided and trying to contest on their own.

Referendum

Stating that the by-elections were going to be a referendum on the demand for Telangana State, he said the Srikrishna Committee should take the results into consideration before submitting its report.

Appealing to the people to ensure victory to all the MLAs who had quit, he said no report other than the by-election results would be the ‘real basis' for the committee.

Regarding the Polavaram issue, Mr. Rao observed that Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi was sending a wrong message to people with his bus yatra.

He should have begun his yatra from Nizamabad to Polavaram if he was really serious about the utilisation of Godavari water as the river enters the district first and then flows 80 per cent of the Telangana region, said Mr. Rao.