To meet leaders of NDA, other parties

To seek BJP’s help to raise statehood issue in Parliament

Students meet Palvai Goverdhan Reddy, seek support

HYDERABAD: A five-member delegation of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) led by former MP B. Vinod Kumar left from New Delhi on Wednesday night to mobilise support of other political parties on the statehood cause.

Comprising R.Vidyasagar Rao, A.Chandulal, C. Satyanarayana Reddy and MLA E. Ravinder Reddy, the delegation plans to meet leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that had earlier supported the cause of separate Telangana.

Meanwhile, TRS leaders led by Eatala Rajender, MLA, met BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya and other senior office-bearers at the BJP office here. They sought the BJP’s help in persuading the central leadership of the party and also Leader of the Opposition, L. K. Advani, to raise the issue in Parliament.

Speaking to reporters later, Mr. Rajender said they would meet leaders of all parties that had submitted their letters of support to the UPA sub-committee on Telangana headed by Pranab Mukherjee. “We hope to bring the Telangana issue back on the centrestage during the ongoing Parliament session,” he added.

Separately, the Joint Action Committee of Telangana students met senior Congress leader Palvai Goverdhan Reddy and others at the Congress Legislature Party office and urged them to back the ongoing agitation. The students reportedly confronted them for hesitating to come out openly in support of the movement which was gaining ground. Earlier, the students squatted at the entrance of the Assembly gate when they were denied permission by the security personnel to enter the premises.