Some leaders are hand in glove with integrationists, alleges Kadiam Srihari

The Telugu Desam leaders of Telangana on Saturday shifted the blame for the party's debacle in the Assembly byelections in the region to the party leadership.

A day after the party suffered the worst-ever electoral drubbing resulting in forfeiture of security deposits of all the candidates, Nagam Janardhan Reddy and Kadiam Srihari said they tried to prevail upon the leadership not to contest the bypolls and they themselves did not take part in the poll campaign after the party fielded its nominees.

Another leader E. Dayakar Rao said the party fielded nominees for the sake of contest, though “not with commitment”.

Addressing a press conference, Dr. Janardhan Reddy and Mr. Srihari asserted that they were prepared for any sacrifice for achieving separate Telangana.

They would take a decision on the future course of action once Justice Srikrishna Committee submits its report.

“We will join hands with the supporters of Telangana and fight for separate statehood if the Committee makes recommendations against Telangana,” Mr. Srihari said.

Taking a dig at “party leaders who were hand in glove with integrationists”, he stressed the need for exposing such leaders rather than pointing fingers at those who were genuinely working for separate Telangana. Dr. Janardhan Reddy reminded that he stayed away from the party's Mahanadu, the annual conclave, as Telangana was not included in the agenda.

Mr. Dayakar Rao said Sonia Gandhi and the Centre should take the responsibility for the suicide spree by students and the disturbances in Telangana. Referring to TRS leaders' criticism of the TDP, he asked why they were silent on the Congress after declaring that they were “prepared to drag Ms. Gandhi on to streets”.

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