Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Continuing its ‘running with the hare and hunting with the hound’ policy, Telugu Desam MLAs and senior leaders reiterated that they were for separate Telangana, while those from Andhra and Rayalaseema announced launch of their tour supporting integrated State. MLAs from Telangana met hurriedly at the party office on Wednesday and addressed a media conference there to deny reports that at least five district units—Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Khammam and Mahbubnagar— were all set to adopt a resolution in favour of integrated State, to mark the change in party’s stand.

Senior MLAs and leaders from the region, Nagam Janardhan Reddy, T. Devender Goud, Kadiam Srihari and Mandava Venkateswara Rao, rubbished the reports and significantly said the party was committed to its decision taken before Assembly elections approving separate Telangana. There was also no truth in reports that committees favouring unified State would be formed in Telangana, they added.

Eight-day tour

On the other hand, the Andhra and Rayalaseema MLAs have chalked out a plan to hit the road for taking the message of ‘Samaikya Andhra Pradesh’ to the grass root level. Over 50 MLAs and MLCs will begin their eight-day tour from Tirupati on December 18 and end it at Srikakulam on December 25, according to Dhulipala Narendra Kumar, TDLP whip. Their tour, most likely in an open top vehicle, comes after they pressed the Assembly Speaker, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, to accept their resignations and took the decision to stage demonstrations before district collectorates. In Vijayawada, senior party leader Kodela Sivaprasada Rao called on the fasting party MLA Deveneni Umamaheswara Rao and expressed his support.

The MLA’s followers foiled the attempt of the police to shift him to a hospital. But two other fasting leaders, Nuzvid legislator C. Ramakotaiah and former Vijayawada Mayor Anuradha were forcibly taken to hospital by police.