MIM to take stand on Telangana at appropriate time
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 17:49
Hyderabad: Maintaining that the security of Muslims was its prime concern, the Majlis Ittehadul-e-Muslimeen today said it would take "an appropriate stand at an appropriate time" on the Telangana statehood demand.

MIM’s second-in-command and floor leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi told PTI here today, "As representatives of Muslims, we are primarily concerned about their security not only in Hyderabad city but also in rural areas. Their welfare, upliftment and protection of interests are our concern."

The MIM hence could not take any hasty decision, as it would have a lot of implications, Akbar pointed out.

It may be recalled that late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had many a time shown MIM as a strong opponent of separate Telangana state given the reservations Muslims had over the division of state.

To "address their concerns" Rajasekhara Reddy constituted a committee of legislators, headed by the then Finance Minister K Rosaiah to look into all issues involved. The Rosaiah committee virtually remained on paper even when Rajasekhara Reddy was at the helm.

After becoming CM, Rosaiah hinted at re-constitution of the committee, but it too did not happen, as the movement for a separate state picked momentum with the launch of fast-unto-death by TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Also, there is a general impression that the MIM would want Hyderabad to be made a Union Territory if at all the Telangana state is carved out.

"People may have any impression (on Hyderabad being made a Union Territory). But, as a party we have not yet discussed anything on this. We shall discuss all these things in our party and spell out our stand at an appropriate time," Akbaruddin said.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 17:49

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