Telangana in one year, says TRS

HYDERABAD, AUG. 1. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has now given itself one year to create a separate Telangana State.

Earlier, statements by party leaders that Telangana would become a reality within six to nine months were meant to ensure that the cadre was not discouraged. "One year is the actual period required for the formation of the new State," the Transport Minister, S. Santosh Reddy, and the Technical Education Minister, N. Narasimha Reddy, told reporters here today. They said they would not change their Telangana slogan even as they continued as Ministers in a coalition Government. Fresh from their Delhi visit after calling on the All-India Congress Committee president, Sonia Gandhi, the Ministers said they did not broach the Telangana issue with her, as it would appear ``childish.'' She had already committed herself to the issue and this was reflected in the President's address to Parliament.

They said the TRS president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, was misquoted on the issue recently.

He had told reporters that he was not in a hurry to acquire a portfolio as a Cabinet Minister but this was deliberately twisted to inform that he was in no hurry for the formation of Telangana State.

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