KCR warns of civil war if statehood is denied to Telangana

TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao today said a "civil war" might occur if the Sri Krishna Committee fails to grant separate statehood to Telangana.

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 23:04 PM IST

Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrasekhar
Rao today said a "civil war" might occur if the Sri Krishna
Committee fails to grant separate statehood to Telangana.

"How can the Centre go back on what it said in
Parliament? They have appointed Sri Krishna committee because
there are objections from non-Telangana regions," he said.

"Our goal is separate Telangana. If we get Telangana,
it is fine. Otherwise, when there is no other way for people,
unnatural incidents would happen. It may lead to a civil war,"
he said, addressing the party conclave on the occasion of the
party`s ninth formation day today.

"Civil war does not mean that people would take up
arms. It means lawlessness would arise and that there would be
an atmosphere of anger," he said.

The TRS president had stated earlier too that a "civil
war" would occur if Telangana state is not formed after the
Sri Krishna committee submitted its report to the Centre.

The party has passed a resolution earlier that
Telangana people would not accept anything other than
statehood for the region.

Dismissing the criticism of TDP leaders that he would
merge the TRS with Congress in return for formation of
Telangana, Chandrasekhar Rao asserted that TRS would retain
its identity and existence even if Telangana is formed.

The TDP leaders cited Rao`s comments in an interview
that his party would take a collective decision about the
question of merger with Congress if such a situation arose.

"TRS will retain its identity and existence under any
circumstances. It will never merge with any other party. TRS
would continue to be the champion and sole voice of Telangana
people even if separate state is formed," Rao said.

Rao also said the TRS would not have alliance with
other parties for future elections and that it will grow on
its own.

In an apparent reference to TRS MP and popular actress
Vijayasanthi`s comments that he should give importance to
party rank and file, Chandrasekhar Rao said he would soon tour
districts and put in place an organisation structure.

Referring to criticism that he has been quiet for
several weeks now without keeping the "temperature high" over
Telangana agitation, he said strategic planning is required in
leading the agitation.

"We cannot keep up the heat always. We have to be
strategic. We need not be negative in our attitude. Telangana
agitation has achieved a lot over the last nine years," he

He asked Chief Minister K Rosaiah and DGP R R Girish
Kumar not to "arrest" TRS activists who questioned public
representatives about their commitment to Telangana.
Speaking earlier, Vijayasanthi sought promoting women
and youth within the party.

TRS student wing leader, T Suman, said the student
members would be ready for a "direct war" for Telangana if
Chandrasekhar Rao called for it.

"If you order, we will be ready not for civil war but
direct war in Hyderabad. We will not be afraid of police
lathis and cases," he said.

The party passed about 25 resolutions on various
public issues. They include scrapping the police cases on
students and others during recent Telangana agitation, urging
the students not to commit suicides for the sake of Telangana,
releasing more funds for irrigation projects and various other
development projects in Telangana.