Plans for holding padayatras, meetings for unified State in Hyderabad derided

Slogans against APCC chief at Rosaiah’s meeting at Tirupati criticised

HYDERABAD: Telangana Congress leaders have advised students and leaders of political parties from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions against provoking the people of Telangana with their plans for organising padayatras and conducting public meetings in Hyderabad in support of a unified State.

A meeting of Congress MPs, Ministers, MLAs and MLCs from Telangana here on Monday took a serious view of the plans announced by students and other organisations from the other regions claiming it would not augur well at a time when the Centre was insisting on maintenance of peace.

“We are for a peaceful resolution of the issue and we never provoked the people of other regions through such gestures. It is not proper for the people of other regions to indulge in provocative actions like padayatras to Hyderabad,” Nizamabad MP Madhu Yashki said after the meeting.

The meeting took strong objection to slogan-shouting by students and activists of political parties against APCC president D. Srinivas in the presence of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at Tirupati. They expressed concern over slogans like “Telangana leader go back” against Mr. Srinivas and advised the leaders from other regions to restrain people from indulging in such acts. Recalling that the erstwhile Hyderabad PCC was merged with the APCC against the wishes of the people, Mr. Yashki urged AICC president Sonia Gandhi to constitute a separate Telangana PCC.