Centre should take a call on Telangana: Naidu

TDP chief said the separatist party`s merger with the Congress was imminent.

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

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.