Hyderabad: After humiliating defeat in the
recent byelections in Andhra Pradesh, Congress party leaders
from Telangana region are planning to meet party president
Sonia Gandhi in the next few days.
"All Congress leaders from Telangana are committed to
separate state demand. Sonia Gandhiji is presently out of the
country. She is in US. We will meet her either tomorrow or day
after tomorrow," K Keshav Rao, a senior party leader and Rajya
Sabha member, told reporters here.
The leader said he met Congress MPs from non-Telangana
regions in the state in a bid to persuade them to agree to the
separate statehood demand.
Keshav Rao, who did not favour the Congress contesting
the byelections, said the sentiment in favour of separate
Telangana is very strong in the region.
"Hindi-speaking people live in five different states
in the country. Similarly, we can live as one large Telugu
family in two separate states. Family would remain. But let
our culture and traditions be respected," he said.
Meanwhile, several Congress leaders, including ministers
and MPs, met party`s state unit president D Srinivas who lost
from Nizamabad in the byelections held for 12 Assembly seats
after MLAs in Telangana region resigned in support of separate
Some leaders said Srinivas need not quit as PCC president
as the Congress lost the elections due to the "Telangana
sentiment" and not because of any inefficiency on his part.
TRS retained all 11 seats it contested and BJP retained