Keshav Rao joins Oppn ranks, attacks PC
A senior Congress leader from Telangana joined the BJP in attacking Home Minister P Chidambaram for not delivering on the statehood promise.
New Delhi: A senior Congress leader from
Telangana on Sunday joined the BJP in attacking Home Minister P
Chidambaram for not delivering on the statehood promise and
asked him to get his "facts right" on the party`s stand on the
Congress leader K Keshav Rao and BJP Chief Spokesman Ravi
Shankar Prasad asked the UPA government not to play with the
sentiments of the people of the region.
While Prasad accused the UPA of "manipulating" democratic
institutions including the Lok Sabha Speaker`s Office to delay
the formation of Telangana, Rao targeted Chidambaram for his
comments in Parliament that Congress has not yet taken a stand
on the issue.
"If the Congress did not want to give Telangana then why
did Mr Chidambaram announce on December 9 2009 that the steps
for formation of Telangana would be initiared? The words of
the Home Minister should carry some weight," he said.
Concurring with Prasad, Rao accused Chidambaram of not
getting his facts right on Congress` stand.
"Let me correct him.
"I hold a bigger position than the Home Minister in the
party. The Congress Working Committee way back in 2001 passed
a resolution stating that there are valid reasons for
formation of separate Telangana," he said at a meeting here on
Telangana statehood issue.