Special Correspondent

Telangana Vimochana Samiti to launch apolitical movement for statehood

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) rebels led by MLC K. Dilip Kumar have expressed their firm resolve to launch Telangana Vimochana Samiti (TVS) and said the draft document to guide the programmes of the organisation is under preparation.

A convention to discuss the agenda of TVS would be held here on May 31.

The essence of deliberations would be included in the final document, Mr. Dilip Kumar, former Warangal Member of Parliament D. Ravindra Naik and another senior leader V. Prakash said at a news conference on Sunday.

They said that no force could stop the emergence of TVS and it would carry on a relentless struggle to achieve Statehood to Telangana.

The organisation would not contest elections because it was seen from the experience of TRS that a political process to achieve the goal failed to deliver goods.

The organisation would launch apolitical movement cutting across party lines.

Separately, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao wondered why his party should set up obstacles to TVS. The TRS would carry on its own activities adopting a new strategy. No one could malign the struggle, he said.

Mr. Rao asked Mr. Dilip Kumar to resign his membership of the Legislative Council if he had any respect for moral values as he was elected on TRS ticket. The party had issued B-form to him to contest polls and a letter nominating him as the floor leader in the Legislative Council which was submitted to its chairman. Mr. Rao said Mr. Dilip Kumar was liable to be disqualified from the House as his action attracted anti-defection laws.

Mr. Dilip Kumar, however, turned down the demand of resignation saying he was not elected on TRS symbol. He said he won with the support of other constituents of Grand Alliance. He added that he continues to be in TRS as he was neither suspended by the party nor did he resign from its membership.

Mr. Prakash warned that the TVS would not spare Medak MP Vijayashanti for her utterances against them. She does not hail from Telangana, he said.