HYDERABAD: The TRS chief K.Chandrasekhar Rao lashed out at Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi for telling the National Integration Council meeting on Monday that Muslims were not in favour of a separate Telangana.

Addressing party workers from Jagtial, Cheriyal and Mancherial at the valedictory of a two-day training programme, Mr. Rao lashed out at the MIM for thinking that ‘the entire Muslim community was his own’. The TRS supremo also accused Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the Congress of playing vote-bank politics to the hilt and said this was taking ‘appeasement’ too far. People would teach the Congress and the MIM a lesson they would never forget, in the elections. “Whether anyone accepts it or not, the issue of Telangana has become too vital or any political party to keep mum. Even the Telugu Desam, which was for an integrated State for far too long has changed its stance and is now talking of the need for creation of a separate Telangana”, Mr. Rao said.

The dreams of millions of people in backward Telangana region were close to fructification and it was now time to strike the final note and make the Centre relent, he said.