No option except Telangana acceptable, says TRS

Thursday, January 6, 2011

HYDERABAD - The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telangana leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Thursday voiced their disappointment over the Srikrishna Committee report and said no option except formation of a separate Telangana state is acceptable to them.

TRS legislator K. Tarakarama Rao told reporters that the only practical solution was formation of a separate Telangana state comprising 10 districts with Hyderabad as its capital.

“All other options suggested by the committee are not acceptable to people of Telangana. It is now for the centre to respect the sentiments of the people and fulfil its promise by taking immediate steps on formation of a separate state,” Tarakarama Rao said.

Telangana leaders of the TDP also rejected the Srikrishna report and said nothing less than a separate Telangana state was acceptable to people of the region.

“We were expecting that the committee will make straightforward suggestion for formation of Telangana state but it has insulted the people by making various suggestions,” said TDP Telangana Forum convenor Nagam Janardhan Reddy.

“I am warning the Congress party not to play with the sentiments of Telangana people and table the bill in parliament in the next session to carve out a separate state,” the former minister said.

Both the TRS and the TDP along with the BJP Thursday boycotted the all-party meeting called by union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to share the report.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) said the report would only add to the confusion over the Telangana issue. CPI state secretary K. Narayana, who attended the meeting in Delhi, said the central government should not delay the process for formation of Telangana.

Maoist sympathiser and Telangana Praja Front leader and balladeer Gaddar too demanded that the central government immediately table the bill in parliament.

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