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TRS to retain separate identity

TRS will never merge with any other party and will continue as the "sole voice" of Telangana people even if statehood is granted to the region, party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Tuesday.



Hyderabad: TRS will never merge with any
other party and will continue as the "sole voice" of Telangana
people even if statehood is granted to the region, party chief
K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Tuesday.

"TRS will retain its identity and existence under any
circumstances. It will never merge with any other party," he
told a gathering at the party headquarters here.

His remarks assume significance in the wake of comments
by TDP leaders that Rao would merge TRS with the Congress in
return for formation of a separate Telangana.
The TDP leaders cited Rao`s comments in an interview
that his party would take a collective decision about the
question of merger with the Congress if such a situation
arose.

Expressing confidence that Telangana state would be a
reality, Rao said the TRS would "retain its identity even
after the formation of the separate state and strive for the
welfare of all sections, especially dalits, backward classes
and minorities".

He reiterated his decision to make a dalit the Chief
Minister after the formation of Telangana state.

The former Union Minister defended his comments that a
"civil war" would break out if Telangana state is not formed.

"After my meeting with the Srikrishna Committee in
Delhi, I was asked by journalists what if Telangana is not
formed. I replied it will lead to unnatural incidents and a
civil war-like situation will arise."
Rao hit out at Andhra Pradesh Congress President D
Srinivas for not giving a report to the Srikrishna Committee,
appointed by the Centre to look into the Telangana issue, in
favour of Telangana demand.

"Why Srinivas cannot give a report to the Srikrishna
Committee? Why should he feel that Congress leaders from non-
Telangana regions would object? Why he cannot be firm in his
support for Telangana?

"If he is worried about his position, I would have
sacrificed my Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat and made Srinivas
win from there," Rao said.

Today is the 10th anniversary of the formation of TRS,
but the party decided to celebrate the occasion tomorrow in
view of the nationwide shutdown called by Left parties and the
TDP against price rise.

PTI

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