Only TRS, BJP committed to the cause, he says
Senior Congress leader K. Keshava Rao, who announced his resignation from the Congress, has accused the party high command of developing “a sort of aversion and hatred’’ towards the people of Telangana.
This was evident from the recent “insults heaped on the ongoing struggle’’ by party leaders who even went to the extent of attributing suicides in the region to diseases. While one suicide at the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi could bring Parliament to a grinding halt, the same House of elected representatives ‘remained silent’ over the more than a thousand deaths in Telangana.
“All these betray aversion of the Congress high command towards Telangana,” he said adding the perpetuation of domination of Seemandhra leaders’ right under the nose of the leadership could not go unnoticed. He asserted that the Congress would not give separate Telangana in the near future.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, he said he would formally quit the Congress at the public meeting on June 2. More leaders would defy the Congress and work for the Telangana cause in the coming days. He said all the parties had made Telangana a part of their agenda but the TRS and the BJP stood out for their clear-cut stand.
While the TDP suffered from an identity crisis in spite of its “honest leaders,’’ the BJP, though sincere, lacked popular appeal. This was why he was forced to join the TRS. He was conscious of his descent from national politics to the regional level, but added that it had become unavoidable due to the overwhelming urge of the people. He would not contest any elections but focus on mobilising people for the struggle.
Asked about Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s comments that people willing to leave the party were free to do so, he said the remark reflected the absence of leadership qualities in him.