Hyderabad: The war of words between TDP
and TRS intensified today with TRS president K Chandrasekhar
Rao alleging that it was TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu who
derailed the process of formation of Telangana state after the
Centre had announced a positive decision over the issue.
"We will definitely find fault with Chandrababu Naidu
because it was he who blocked the formation of separate
Telangana after the Centre announced its decision on December
9," Rao told reporters here tonight.
"It was Naidu who called Congress MLAs from
non-Telangana regions and made them submit resignations. It
was because of the resignations, the situation turned
complicated," he said.
Rao claimed that Naidu also sent SMSes to Congress and
TDP MLAs on the night of December 9, after Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram announced the Centre`s decision to take steps
for the formation of Telangana, to submit resignations.
The TDP and TRS have been engaged in a war of words
since the last couple of weeks. TDP alleges that the TRS
always spared Congress in its criticism and was targeting it
instead over the separate statehood issue.
The latest provocation for Rao`s attack was an open
letter written by TDP MP and Naidu`s brother-in-law N
Harikrishna in which he attacked the TRS.
Alleging that it was Naidu who was responsible for
hunger deaths, mass migrations from Mahabubnagar district and
several other ills plaguing Telangana, Rao said he would
continue to attack the TDP.
Describing TDP as a party that belonged to coastal
Andhra, Rao claimed that the party never recognised leaders
TDP would cease to exist if separate Telangana is
formed. No Telangana leader with self-respect should continue
being in the TDP, he said.
Ridiculing the TDP leaders` assertion that their party
would become a national party if separate Telangana is formed,
Rao asked what would be the TDP`s stand on the issues of
sharing assets between Telangana and non-Telangana regions.
Taking strong exception to Harikrishna`s allegation
that he has amassed huge wealth, the TRS president warned that
he would file a defamation suit case against the TDP MP if he
did not take back his allegation.
Political observers claim that the war of words was on
as the TRS sees TDP as a major threat as the latter has a
strong base in Telangana and intends to regain support in the
region, where it lost badly in the recent byelections.