Centre should take a call on Telangana: Naidu
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Last Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011, 17:48
Hyderabad: With both he and his party coming under fire on the Telangana issue, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday demanded that the Centre immediately decide on the contentious demand, now that all political parties and other stakeholders have clearly spelt out their views.

"Government of India is unable to take a decision on the Telangana issue. Congress should take responsibility for this because it has pushed Andhra Pradesh into state of instability through its indecisiveness," Chandrababu lashed out in his inaugural address at TDP's annual conclave 'Mahanadu' here.

He alleged the Congress was politicising the Telangana issue now after making several claims in the past.

"The Congress can't change history. It was the one which came out with a statement on Telangana on December 9, 2009 and later went back and kept its decision in abeyance since there is division in political parties. Now, all the parties have expressed their views to the Srikrishna Committee and it is for the Centre to take a decision on Telangana," Chandrababu asserted.

Trying to ward off criticism against him on the statehood issue, Chandrababu observed: "As party president, it is my responsibility to protect TDP in both the regions of the state. I can't speak in favour of any particular region."

Coming down heavily on the TRS, the TDP chief said the separatist party's merger with the Congress was imminent.

"Why is the TRS not questioning Sonia Gandhi on the statehood issue? Instead of taking on the Congress for remaining indifferent, the TRS is trying to target the TDP," Chandrababu asserted.


First Published: Friday, May 27, 2011, 17:48

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