TRS activists protest `anti-Telangana` remarks by AP ministers

TRS activists today held road blockades across Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh in protest against the reported comments of state ministers from non-Telangana regions.

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2010, 19:42 PM IST

Hyderabad: TRS activists today held road
blockades across Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh in protest
against the reported comments of state ministers from
non-Telangana regions that the separate statehood demand is
anti-national, an allegation denied by the ministers.

Slamming the alleged comments of the ministers, TRS
leaders and workers organised `rasta roko` in Medak, Warangal,
Karimnagar and other districts in the region.

Alleging that the state ministers from coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions told the Sri Krishna committee that those
demanding separate Telangana are betrayers of the nation, TRS
president K Chandrasekhar Rao has yesterday demanded that the
Governor remove the ministers for insulting Telangana.

Demanding an apology from the ministers, Rao said his
party would organise protests on the issue.

State Endowments Minister Gade Venkata Reddy, who made
the presentation to the Sri Krishna committee on behalf of the
ministers, asserted today that they never called those
demanding Telangana state as betrayers of the nation.

"We never said they are betrayers of the nation or
anti-nationals. We told the Sri Krishna committee that the
state be kept united. After our meeting with Sri Krishna
Committee, we spoke to reporters. There also, we hoped that
the state would not be divided. This is the truth. If the
Telangana supporters insist that we insulted them, we leave it
to their wisdom," he said.

Reddy was addressing a function in Prakasam district in
presence of Chief Minister K Rosaiah.

To a query, Rosaiah said the Sri Krishna committee is
looking into the Telangana issue and that he would abide by
whatever decision is taken by the Centre.

The ministers hailing from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema
region made the presentation to the Sri Krishna committee
members on Friday last.

PTI