‘Lobbying by Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders will not work this time’

The alleged opposition by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and threat to resign by Andhra and Rayalaseema Ministers notwithstanding, separate Telangana State is imminent, said Union Minister of State for Social Justice P. Balram Naik here on Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen, the Minister said the core committee has decided to carve out separate State and hence invited the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and APCC president to elicit their views. “Soon the Telangana State will become a reality and celebrations time is not very far,” he said.

Referring to the threat by Andhra and Rayalaseema Ministers, the Union Minister said they always opposed the move. Most of them camped at New Delhi all the time to lobby against the separate Telangana. However, this time no lobbying would work as the six-decade long struggle reached a climax. “We have complete confidence on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The Central government made a statement on December 9 and it never withdrew it. The process for formation of separate Telangana is on and will conclude soon,” Mr. Balram Naik said.

Refusing to be drawn into controversy over the remarks that the Chief Minister was behind the Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders, the Minister said Congress led UPA government was not there to please anyone but to fulfil the promise it made to the four crore people of Telangana region.

“It is wrong to say that the Congress party is taking a final decision on Telangana with an eye on elections. More than seats, it wants to deliver the promise it made,” he said.

He said the party leadership would look after the threats of resignations and lobbying against the issue. He advised the leaders of Andhra and Rayalaseema to reconcile with the truth and strengthen the hands of party high command rather contradict.