RLD urges Cong to act urgently on Telangana issue
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Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 19:01
Hyderabad: Rashtriya Lok Dal on Monday demanded that the ruling Congress should urgently "do something" on the Telangana issue, "before things go wrong" and try to diffuse the situation following the fast-unto-death undertaken by former union minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Talking to reporters after meeting Chief Minister K Rosaiah in the state Assembly here today, RLD president Ajit Singh said, "There was a clear cut agreement about creation of smaller states among all sections, but still the Congress was doing nothing."

"Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee in 2002 favouring the constitution of the second States Re-organisation Commission to look into the demand for creation of smaller states. But why has the Congress not acted on this so far," Singh wondered.

He recalled that the Congress won the 2004 elections on the promise of carving out Telangana state. "I don’t know, if they are taking the Telangana issue seriously," Ajit observed.

Now that the UPA enjoys a clear majority in Parliament, it has no constraints in going ahead with the creation of smaller states which have the potential for development.

"In theory everyone is agreeing to the creation of smaller states, but practically doing nothing about it," he remarked. Referring to the Telangana statehood demand, Ajit Singh pointed that there was a "deep-rooted sentiment" for a separate state. "This is a very emotional issue and unless we do something, things could go wrong," he apprehended.

Singh, who visited fasting Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao at the NIMS along with Chief Minister K Rosaiah last night, said they had appealed to him to call off the fast.

"Upon our persuasion, Chandrasekhar Rao has agreed to take medicines, but if he slips into coma, it will be hard for him to come back. We should make KCR live another day to fight the Telangana battle," the RLD chief said.

Asked if he was trying to mediate between KCR and Chief Minister Rosaiah, Singh said, "I am trying to see that things don’t erupt. I will take up the Telangana issue with national leaders in New Delhi tomorrow."

The Chief Minister was in constant touch with union ministers P Chidambaram and M Veerappa Moily on the happenings in Telangana in the wake of KCR’s fast, he added.


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 19:01

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