Hyderabad, June 18: Close on the heels of the
rebellion and suspension of five leaders, TRS suffered another
setback today as a former MLC joined the rebels.
Charging the TRS president with having failed to live
upto the expectations of the people, S Rehman, a minority
leader in the Telangana party, joined the rebels.
"There are many allegations of party tickets being sold
off in the elections. People have rejected Rao`s leadership,"
S Rehman told reporters.
Five leaders -- A Chandrasekhar, J Balakrishna Reddy, B
Somi Reddy, Y Srinivas Reddy, Umadevi -- were suspended
following their demand that Chandrasekhar Rao should step down
as party president.
The rebel leaders announced that they would finalise
their future course of action in another few days.
Rebel TRS leaders form Telangana Vimochana Samiti
Two former leaders of Telangana
Rashtra Samithi have formed a non-political organisation to
fight for separate Telangana state.
Christened `Telangana Vimochana Samiti`, the outfit is
headed by MLC K Dileep Kumar, who left TRS following party`s
dismal performance in recent elections.
The TVS was launched here today in the presence of senior
leader and Telangana protagonist Raghuveer Rao and a large
number of Telangana activists.
Speaking on the occasion, Dileep Kumar said the TVS is
a non-political organisation that would strive for achieving
separate statehood through peaceful means.
The organisation would welcome all Telangana protagonists
into its fold as it is apolitical in nature to realise the
statehood goal which remained a dream since the late 1960s, he
Instead of confining itself to cities like Hyderabad, TVS
would strive to take the separate Telangana movement to the
villages, Dileep Kumar added.
V Prakash, a Telagana protagonist, who quit TRS long ago,
is also instrumental in launching the new forum.