TAMIL NADU

Telangana: YSR admits differences with TRS

HYDERABAD, MARCH 24. Angry exchanges between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members marked the debate on implementation of GO 610 and recommendations of the Girglani Commission report in the Assembly today.

Intervening during the debate, the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said that there appeared to be near unanimity on implementation of GO 610 and the recommendations of the commission report in `true spirit'.

Dr. Reddy made it clear that there was indeed a difference of opinion on the issue of separate Telangana between his party and its ally, the TRS. He pointed out that the TRS had contested the elections on the plank of a separate State. "They have their own agenda and the Congress party has its own stand on the issue and history alone will tell whether a separate State is carved out of Andhra Pradesh."

He wanted all political parties to be restrained while airing their views as the subject was `sensitive'.

Continuing the discussion on the subject under rule 304, T. Devender Goud (TDP) blamed Telangana leaders of all shades for ignoring the interests of the region. He held officials responsible for non-implementation of the GO 610, and demanded stern action against them. Admitting that successive Governments had failed to render justice to Telangana, Mr. Goud said political will alone could ensure development of the backward areas.

Goud's gesture

Appreciating Mr. Goud's gesture in accepting that all Governments had neglected Telangana interests, the Youth Services Minister, T. Harish Rao, asked the former if he could convince his party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, of the need to support a separate State. Mr. Goud charged the TRS leaders with clinging on to power despite being treated as `unwanted' by their own Cabinet colleagues belonging to the Congress. They were `shamelessly' enjoying power, giving a go by to their struggle for a separate State, he remarked, sparking angry protests from the TRS members. They calmed down after the Chief Minister got up to defuse the situation.

Earlier, Mr. Gade Venkat Reddy (Congress) demanded constitution of a committee of senior officials to decide whether the Girglani Commission report was contrary to the Six-Point formula or the Presidential Order. T. Veerabhadram (CPI-M) said the commission report was exhaustive and its recommendations had to be implemented without wasting more time.

Chada Venkat Reddy (CPI) said commitment on the part of the Government and officials was key to remove regional disparities.

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