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
"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.