Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has justified the demand for a Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts but advised agitating advocates to divert their attention to bifurcation of the State which would ensure a full fledged High Court in their own region.

Answering questions at a press conference here on Sunday, Mr. Rao said the agitation of the advocates was understandable because 2.4 lakh cases of their clients were pending in the High Court. But, their demand for a mere bench was meaningless as they stood the chance of getting a High Court itself if they struggled for a separate State.

He described as a “joke of the millennium” the departure of a delegation of Telugu Desam to New Delhi on Saturday to stage a demonstration seeking separate Telangana.

“Why did not the party president N. Chandrababu Naidu flag off the train by which the delegation left?”, he asked and warned Mr. Naidu that people will teach him a fitting lesson if he continued his double standards.

Refuses comment

Mr. Rao refused to comment on the disruption of a meeting of Congress at Mahbubnagar on Saturday owing to failure of organisers to display pictures of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at the venue. He said it was not fair on his part to comment on the internal affairs of another party .

The TRS president released to reporters a letter written by him to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah seeking the State government's consent to the Hyderabad–Jagtial railway line which he got sanctioned as Union Minister in 2005-06. He appended to the letter a communication by the South Central Railway that the project was badly delayed for want of consent by the government, resulting in escalation of cost from Rs. 308.04 crore to Rs. 791.60 crore.

He criticised the government for not keeping its promise to extend 42 per cent quota for Telangana in legal posts though three weeks had passed since lawyers took to an agitation with the demand.

  • Suggests advocates to fight for State bifurcation as it will help set up a full-fledged High Court
  • Describes TDP's proposed dharna in New Delhi for Telangana as ‘joke of the millennium'