Cong Telangana leaders vow to achieve separate statehood

Congress leaders from Telangana on Sunday vowed to keep up their efforts to achieve statehood for the region.

Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 23:47 PM IST

Hyderabad: Congress leaders from Telangana on Sunday vowed to keep up their efforts to achieve statehood for the region.

A number of party leaders, including MPs K Keshava Rao, G Sukhender Reddy, G Vivek, K Rajagopal Reddy, state minister K Venkata Reddy and senior MLAs K Jana Reddy, R Damodar Reddy,
held a meeting at Bhongir in Nalgonda district to pay homage
to those who allegedly committed suicide in support of
separate Telangana.

The leaders took a pledge that they will continue their
efforts for realising the goal of separate Telangana.

The leaders offered financial assistance to the families
of those who ended their lives for Telangana and the meeting
passed a resolution urging the youth not to commit suicide.

Trouble was witnessed at the meeting as MLA Damodar Reddy
objected to minister K Venkata Reddy making reference to late
Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who is widely perceived
to be anti-Telangana.

The trouble began after a group of party workers, holding
photographs of the late leader, raised slogans about alleged
disrespect to him.

Venkata Reddy appealed to the policemen not to act
against them and started talking highly about Rajasekhara
Reddy`s contribution to the development of the state. Damodar
Reddy then went to the minister and asked him about the
reference to the late Chief Minister.

The minister, visibly irritated, loudly asked why should
Damodar Reddy interfere. Another senior MLA Jana Reddy and the
minister`s MP-brother Rajagopal Reddy tried to cool the
tempers and made Damodar Reddy sit.

Meanwhile, senior MP Keshav Rao disagreed with the
reported remark of Chief Minister K Rosaiah that the heat over
Telangana agitation has subsided.

"If the patience of Telangana crosses a limit, it will be
very difficult to face," he said.

The Telangana Congress leaders have held meetings to pay
homage to those who allegedly committed suicide for Telangana
earlier at Karimnagar and Mahabubnagar.

PTI