`TRS chief using Telangana cause for own benefit`
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:40
Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said the people of Telangana have realised that their "sentiment" for the separate state has been "exploited" by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and his family for political gain.

"I don't say there is no sentiment for Telangana. But it is a single person and a single family that are exploiting the sentiment for their own benefit. People started realising it," Chandrababu said lashing out at Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The TDP chief, who completed his campaign for March 18 by-elections in six constituencies in Telangana, told a press conference here this afternoon that there was no link to the statehood demand and the bypolls. "Telangana state will not come into being because of by-elections," he said.

People of the region started pondering how they were losing out because of the turmoil caused in the name of the statehood agitation. "Common people and government employees were the worst sufferers because of the agitation while KCR and his family made a killing.

People also started realising how the inept and corrupt Congress government was playing havoc," the Leader of Opposition observed.

Chandrababu said there was "tremendous response" to his road shows and public meetings in the six constituencies in Telangana.

"Teenagers, youths, women and farmers turned up in large numbers to cheer us on. The bypoll results will be positive for us," he said while refusing to give exact number of seats his party would win.

"I never talk about numbers," he said. Replying to questions on the party's choice of candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats it could win, the former chief minister said he was weighing various factors and would take a final call after discussing with party leaders.

"Those who have been working tirelessly for the party for years will be rewarded," he said without answering a query on whether he would spring any surprise candidate like in the past.

The bypolls will be held for seven constituencies, namely Kovur, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Kamareddy, Kollapur, Adilabad and Station Ghanpur.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:40

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