Hyderabad: Asserting that there would be no
compromise on the demand for a separate Telangana, Congress
leaders from the region on Thursday demanded that the Centre take a
quick decision on the issue.
"The separate Telangana demand is justified
democratically, constitutionally and politically. The Centre
should take a decision on the issue quickly by respecting
democracy," Andhra Pradesh Panchayati Raj Minister K Jana
Reddy said tonight, speaking at the end of the 48-hour fast
held by the Telangana Congress leaders here.
Formation of a separate state would benefit Congress
politically and enhance its credibility, he said.
Affirming that there cannot be a compromise on the
Telangana demand, Congress Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao
said they would again take to agitations if no decision came
Telangana Congress leaders got a shot in the arm in
their campaign for a separate state with TRS president K
Chandrasekhar Rao, suspended TDP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy,
Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) convener M
Kodandaram and others expressing solidarity with them.
Rao, who wore a Congress `khanduva` (cloth worn on the
shoulders or around the neck), hailed the en masse
resignations of Telangana Congress leaders and said people
would never forget their `unprecedented sacrifices`.
The TRS chief also hailed the campaign conducted by the
Telangana Congress MPs in support of a separate state in
Delhi, stating they had fought with senior Congress leaders
including Pranab Mukherjee.
The Centre should accede to the demand in view of the
broad-based unity of various forces and leaders in Telangana,
Rao said adding he has information the Centre is going to take
steps towards formation of a separate state in two weeks.
Alleging that injustice had been done to Telangana in
all spheres by not implementing Government Orders and
safeguards given to the region, he wondered why the region
should remain united with other parts of Andhra Pradesh.
"More than anything else, Telangana today wants
self-respect and self-rule. Ghulam Nabi Azad (AICC in charge
of party affairs in AP) or someone else will not be able to do
anything. No `jadoo` (magic) is going to work here," he said.
Taking strong exception to Azad`s comments that a
consensus is required for the formation of separate state,
some Telangana Congress leaders demanded that he step down as
Congress leaders from non-Telangana regions came under
fire from their Telangana counterparts for demanding that AP
be kept united and also for orchestrating an agitation for the
The Telangana Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs had quit
en masse earlier this month in support of separate Telangana
demand. Expressing disappointment over lack of response from
the Centre on their demand, they had undertaken the two-day