The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has faulted Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for his claim that the Congress leadership and the party-led UPA coalition would arrive at a decision after completing consultations with all stakeholders.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, TRS former MP B. Vinod Kumar said the consultations could not be “eternal”. Mr. Azad who said carving out separate Telangana was not an easy task like bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar should learn the events that preceded the creation of new States from them. He should understand that formation of these three new States was not easily accomplished and was preceded by a “great turmoil” where several people lost their lives. The TRS, he said, received an assurance from the Congress high command that it would focus on separate Telangana after the proposed expansion of the Union Cabinet. “We will finalise our strategy after the Cabinet expansion likely to be on October 17,” he said.

Lack of will: BJP

BJP executive member Bandaru Dattatreya has said the lack of will on the part of Congress to form Telangana State was exposed in the statement of Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

In a press release, Mr. Dattatreya said the Congress was whiling away time with empty talk since it did not have the will.

Provoking, says Nagam

Telangana Nagara Bheri president Nagam Janardhan Reddy has taken strong objection to AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comments and advised the Congress leaders against “provoking” the people of the region with their remarks. At press conference here Dr. Reddy and senior MLA K. Harishwar ReddySaid that they would organise a one-day ‘Deeksha’ on October 16 with a call to unite leaders of different parties that would be followed by an extensive tour of Telangana from November 1.