Telangana Congress leaders trade charges

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CAFT leaders warn against disturbing meetings; say they will not hesitate to attack such elements

Closing ranks: Telangana Congress leaders G. Vivekananda, R. Damodar Reddy and others in Hyderabad on Sunday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
Closing ranks: Telangana Congress leaders G. Vivekananda, R. Damodar Reddy and others in Hyderabad on Sunday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

The fall-out of the fiasco at the Telangana Martyrs' memorial meeting convened by the Congress party in Mahabubnagar was visible on Sunday, with leaders trading charges against one another.

Leaders representing the Congress Action Committee for Telangana (CAFT) were engaged in a bitter war of words with YSR loyalists. K. Keshava Rao, CWC member, who was prevented from addressing the meeting, launched a scathing attack against the trouble-mongers, accusing them of ‘conspiracy' to disturb it.

“Some vested interests conspired to obstruct my speech and that of V. Hanumantha Rao, MP,” he said, warning that repercussions for such behaviour would be serious.

Tough talk

“We are in the process of identifying the trouble-makers,” he said, justifying the angry gestures of Mr. Hanumantha Rao. Dr. Rao maintained that the MP was targeted for speaking out against the Emaar scam.

He wondered how the Telangana Congress leaders could put up posters of the late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was votary of a unified State.

CAFT leaders -- led by R. Damodar Reddy, MPs Manda Jagannath, G. Vivekananda and others --issued a stern warning that anyone trying to disrupt future meetings would face serious consequences. “We will not hesitate to attack those who try to disturb the meetings,” Mr. Reddy warned.

On the other hand, YSR loyalists -- Gattu Ramachander Rao, PCC secretary K.Manohar Reddy and T. Raj Singh -- demanded Mr. Hanumantha Rao to tender an unconditional apology for his ‘rude' behaviour. “Mr. Rao and others should at least now realise that there are a large number of die-hard YSR fans even in Telangana,” they remarked.

‘Unfortunate remarks'

Mr. Rao said it was ‘unfortunate' that a senior leader like Mr. Hanumantha Rao used foul language against the party cadre. He wondered whether a section of the Telangana Congress leaders was really concerned about the party's image. They objected to the conspiracy theory, stating the leaders were trying to create a conspiracy by dragging the name of Kadapa MP Y. S.Jaganmohan Reddy.

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