Hyderabad: In a significant development in
the Telangana issue, TRS tonight joined hands with a Dalit
outfit demanding formation of separate Andhra state and both
sides decided to launch a joint fight to achieve their goals.
"Formation of two states by dividing Andhra Pradesh is in
the interest of Telangana as well as coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions. Dalit Mahasabha and TRS would jointly
fight for formation of separate Telangana and separate Andhra
states," TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters
after a meeting with Dalit Mahasabha leaders led by Katti
Formation of two states out of Andhra Pradesh would
specially benefit Dalits, backward classes and minorities who
have remained backward so far, Chandrasekhar Rao claimed.
The TRS chief said he would address a public meeting at
Vijayawada, an important city in coastal Andhra, soon. Date of
the meeting would be announced in two or three days.
The joint fight from Vijayawada would lead up to Delhi and
the goal is to achieve two states, he said.
Though his visit to Vijayawada was initially planned to be
held this week, it was postponed to June due to cyclone
`Laila` that hit coastal Andhra, Chandrasekhar Rao said.
About the opposition of Telangana students to his visit,
he said there were no objections to it. "There is no
controversy over my visit to Vijayawada. Of course, I will
talk to all before going there," he said.
Alleging that only forward castes dominated all others in
united Andhra Pradesh, Padma Rao said the Dalits, backward
classes and minorities would get political power only if the
state is bifurcated.
He said his outfit has told the Srikrishna Committee,
appointed by Centre to examine the situation in Andhra Pradesh
over the Telangana issue, that bifurcation of the state is in
the interest of all sections, especially the downtrodden.
The proposed public meeting at Vijayawada would mark the
beginning of a new phase in the fight for Telangana and
separate Andhra states, he said.