Rift among Cong leaders deepens on Telangana issue
The divide in Congress in AP over the Telangana issue deepened with leaders from the region demanding unconditional apology from ministers hailing from other regions for their alleged comments on the separate statehood demand.
Hyderabad: The divide in ruling Congress
in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue deepened today with
leaders from Telangana region demanding an unconditional
apology from ministers hailing from other regions for their
alleged comments on the separate statehood demand.
Joining the chorus of criticism from TRS and Telugu
Desam, Telangana Congress leaders slammed the ministers for
their alleged comments before Sri Krishna committee that those
seeking separate state are traitors of the nation.
"We (Congress leaders from Telangana region) had a
meeting at the residence of senior party MLA K Jana Reddy
today. The comments of ministers from coastal Andhra and
Telangana are shocking. How can they say that those demanding
separate Telangana state are traitors of the nation," Congress
MLC K Yadava Reddy told reporters.
Yadava Reddy, along with other Congress leaders, was
speaking at the state Congress headquarters here, on the
sidelines of a function organised to observe the anniversary
of `August Kranti Diwas`.
Maintaining that the ministers from non-Telangana
regions were testing the patience of Telangana people with
their provocative remarks, he said Telangana Congress leaders
would complain to party president Sonia Gandhi on the issue.
State Endowments Minister Gade Venkata Reddy, who made
the presentation to the Sri Krishna committee on behalf of the
ministers from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, reiterated his
denial about calling Telangana supporters as traitors.
"I have already said we did not make any such remarks.
It is not correct to say that we described those seeking
separate Telangana state as anti-nationals. We were not
surprised with TRS president Chandrasekhar Rao making such an
allegation against us, because, he is habituated to do that.
It is unfortunate that Congress leaders are also making such
allegations," Venkata Reddy said.
Alleging that the non-Telangana ministers described
Telangana supporters as anti-nationals, TRS president K
Chandrasekhar Rao demanded the state governor that ministers
be removed for insulting Telangana.
Several Congress leaders, including Congress Working
Committee member K Keshav Rao, demanded an apology from the
ministers for their "extreme" remarks.
Meanwhile, the state Congress committee observed the
anniversary of Quit India movement today at Gandhi Bhavan, the
state Congress headquarters.
Chief Minister K Rosaiah could not attend the function
as he was not keeping well, Congress sources said.