Rift between Congress leaders deepens over Telangana issue

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 19:01

Hyderabad: The divide in ruling Congress
in Andhra Pradesh over Telangana issue deepened Monday with
leaders from Telangana region demanding an unconditional
apology from ministers hailing from non-Telangana regions for
their alleged comments on the separate statehood demand.

Joining the chorus of criticism from TRS and Telugu
Desam, the 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," K Yadava
Reddy, a Congress MLC, told reporters.

He, 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, Yadava Reddy 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.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 19:01

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