Staff Reporter

Ch. Vidyasagar wants Sonia to clear stand on statehood issue

Telangana parties accused for diluting statehood issue by merging with other parties

‘Congress government misusing public money on the eve of elections’

KARIMNAGAR: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has called upon all the people in the Telangana region to unite and revive the statehood movement, which has been diluted by the so-called Telangana parties.

Talking to newsmen here on Friday, he said that the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Nava Telangana Party (NTP) had diluted the statehood movement by merging with the anti-Telangana parties of the grand alliance and Praja Rajyam respectively.

He claimed that it was only the BJP that made it clear that it would form Telangana state within 100 days of attaining power at the Centre.

He ridiculed PR president Chiranjeevi’s stand that his party would pass a resolution for formation of the Telangana state.

‘No need for resolution’

He said that there was no need to pass Assembly resolution for formation of Telangana state. Flaying the merger of the NTP with the PR, he said that the party had betrayed the Telangana people by siding with Andhra leaders.

He asked TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao about how he would achieve statehood by forging alliance with the TDP and Left parties, which were against the formation of smaller states.

He said that the grand alliance was formed only with a single point agenda of dethroning the Congress government and Telangana statehood issue sidelined.

Congress blamed

He also found fault with the Congress party for not resolving the issue in spite of being elected on the Telangana sentiment in 2004 elections.

He demanded United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to disclose her stand on Telangana during her visit to Andhra Pradesh state.

He also flayed the Congress government for misuse of public money on the eve of elections by spending huge amount on advertisements.

He stressed the need for amendment to the Constitution to check the misuse of public money by the government before the elections.