MP opposes decision to invite two representatives from each party

Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukender Reddy on Thursday faulted the Centre’s decision to invite two representatives of each political party for the December 28 all-party meeting on the Telangana issue.

At a press conference here, Mr. Reddy described the decision as ‘unfortunate’. He also faulted Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s statement that the all-party meeting has been called at the instance of some Telangana MPs. ‘It is not correct’, he said.

He pointed out the MPs had met Mr. Shinde in New Delhi recently. They wanted only one representative of a political party to attend the all-party meeting.

Mr. Reddy called upon the Congress, Telugu Desam and YSR Congress parties to make clear their stand on the statehood issue at the December 28 meeting. He said if the Congress did not clarify its decision people would lose faith in the party; it would pose a threat to its very existence in the region. He urged Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and AP Congress Committee president Botcha Satyanarayana to cooperate in the formation of Telangana State.

Mr. Reddy accused his party MPs Lagadapati Rajagopal and K.S. Rao of ‘misleading’ the Seemandhra people with their repeated anti-Telangana statements. How long will they be able to ‘cheat’ the people, he wondered.

Referring to the violence in Nalgonda during the last three days, the MP observed that the SP’s lack of cordial relations with the people was the cause of the trouble. Mr. Reddy said he would take the issue to the State Government’s notice.