Says Telangana leaders’ silence should not be considered otherwise

Describing the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s remarks as provoking, the Chief Whip G.V. Ramana Reddy advised him to be impartial on the Telangana issue.

“The Chief Minister stated that he would abide by the party’s decision on separate Telangana and would implement its decision on the floor of the Assembly. However, he backtracked on the issue. The Chief Minister’s open defiance and strong opposition to the separate Telangana have hurt the sentiments of the party leaders and crores of people of Telangana,” he said on Saturday.

The Chief Whip said that as a chief minister, Kiran Reddy should represent the sentiments of all people, but not just of the Seemandhra region. The people of Telangana strongly desire for statehood to the region and it should be respected.

“If the Chief Minister is ready to resign in favour of the Samaikyandhra cause, we are also ready to quit from the Assembly membership. We are not here for positions. As a loyal and disciplined member of the Congress, we are maintaining restraint. Our silence should not be understood differently,” G.V. Ramana Reddy said.

He further said that the Telangana Congress leaders were keeping calm after AICC president Sonia Gandhi asked them not to provoke the Seemandhra people.

They were eagerly waiting for the party to implement its decision after protracted deliberations for more than a decade. At a time when the party was about to implement its promise on separate Telangana, it was not proper for the Chief Minister or Seemandhra leaders to go against the sentiments of Telangana people.

“The party has taken a decision only after consulting all the parties and leaders in the State. All agreed to abide by the decision of the Congress and the Central government,” the Chief Whip pointed out.