Says, it is in tune with the sentiments of people and not against the party

APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana on Friday said he found nothing wrong in Telangana leaders holding a separate meeting as long as it did not harm the interests of the party.

“It was in tune with the sentiments of the people of the region and not against the leadership or the party,” he said responding to a question at a press conference here.

To another question, he said he expected some decision on Telangana issue before the deadline of 30 days spelt out by the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. He was not aware of the nature of the decision and whether it would be a package but he was sure that it would be to everyone’s satisfaction.

“When the Congress takes a decision, it takes into account the sentiments of the people of various regions, the welfare of the State and the country. It is not for politics or power,” he asserted. He recalled how he was accused of nursing political ambitions when he had personally favoured two Telugu-speaking States, on an earlier occasion.

He said the postponement of the party’s meeting at Vijayawada slated on January 7, had nothing to do with region or any faction. It was done on the advice of AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Flays TDP

Denying secret understanding with YSR Congress, Mr. Satyanarayana said in fact it was TDP, which was having such alliance with YSRC in 90 per cent of the places in the cooperative elections. On the provocative speech by MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, he said anybody who crossed the ‘lakshman rekha’, and makes hate speeches disturbing communal harmony should not be spared. “MIM leaders should know that they are running a political party and not a religious organisation”.

He said it was too premature to say whether the Congress would have any alliance with MIM in the next elections.

It is in tune with the sentiments of people and not against the party, says Botcha