TRS, Congress come together for Telangana cause
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 23:25
  
Hyderabad: Rivals TRS and Congress came together for the cause of Telangana on Tuesday when Congress MPs called off their indefinite hunger strike for withdrawal of police cases against student protesters.

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has been highly critical of Congress leaders and has made remarks calling them spineless, today expressed solidarity with their fast and appreciated their efforts.

"Our MPs are sitting on a fast demanding withdrawal of cases. How can I be isolated?," Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters when he called on the fasting MPs.

When pointed out that his presence would add to the political pressure, he said, "We are all brothers. Maybe we are working with different flags today. But we know there will be a boiling point which brings us together. That is what is seen today. In future also, we will all work together," he said.

He appreciated the Congress MPs for having announced that they will quit their posts, if need be, if the bill for formation of a separate Telangana is not introduced in the budget session of Parliament.

On his part, Congress Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao thanked the TRS president for expressing solidarity with the fasting MPs.

"I am thanking all outfits, particularly TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, who expressed solidarity with us. He said there are no differences between TRS and Congress as far as Telangana is concerned. He agrees that we need to take the lead," Keshav Rao said.

Though the TRS is in the forefront of the Telangana agitation, it is only the Congress that is "capable of bringing Telangana," he said.

Asked if the Congress and TRS would work together, Keshav Rao said he and his colleagues are ready to work with everyone and the cooperation with TRS would be taken forward for cause of Telangana.

The proximity of the TRS and the Congress leaders in Telangana is significant because some Congress leaders had suggested that the TRS can be merged with Congress if a separate state of Telangana is formed.

The suggestion was made a few days ago by Congress MP Sarve Satyanarayana. He suggested again today that TRS and the Telangana Congress leaders should work together.

Media reports said that the TRS president expressed his willingness to merge his party with the Congress if a separate Telangana state is formed.

Asked if they are ready to welcome the TDP leaders to join the fight for a separate Telangana, Chandrasekhar Rao said it is for the TDP leaders to take a call.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 23:25


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