TRS welcomes Mayawari`s proposal

TRS on Monday demanded that the Centre give its assent to it and also carve out a separate Telangana state.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 17:32 PM IST

Hyderabad: Hailing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for pushing through a resolution in the Assembly on splitting the state, TRS on Monday demanded that the Centre give its assent to it and also carve out a separate Telangana state.

"TRS welcomes the decision of the UP Chief Minister. It is a bold step. It is very good for democracy. She has also reiterated her support to the formation of Telangana. For her act of kindness, I thank her," TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao
told reporters here before leaving for Delhi to attend the Parliament session.

Demanding that the Centre accept the Telangana demand without any further delay, the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha MP said Congress would be "buried" in the region if it did not carve out the separate state.

The TRS president said his party would "stall" Parliament session in support of its separate statehood demand.

"My intention of going to Delhi is to stall the (proceedings of) Parliament and demand Telangana state. We hope the Centre will concede the demand of Telangana state," he said.

Rao said he would seek cooperation of Mayawati and BSP MPs in raising the Telangana demand during the Winter Session.

Appreciating the BSP supremo for her move to pass a resolution in the UP Assembly for division of the state, he said smaller states would ensure faster development.

Asked about reports that the Centre was contemplating appointing a States` Reorganisation Commission (SRC) or a regional council for the region, Rao claimed that the Centre had already "announced that it will form" a separate Telangana
state.

"The AICC spokesman has already said SRC will not be appointed over Telangana issue. It is good if they form separate Telangana as per their promise without any delay," he added.

Asked about some intelligence reports suggesting that Naxals might intensify their activities if separate Telangana is formed, the TRS chief said, "Such a claim has no basis and that even the government makes it clear that there is no Naxalism in the region now."

TRS is represented in the Lok Sabha by Chandrasekhar Rao and Vijayashanthi (Medak).

The TRS members, with the help of other opposition parties, had vociferously raised the Telangana demand in Lok Sabha in the previous session.

Earlier, the Congress MPs from Telangana had also said they would effectively raise the separate statehood demand during the Winter Session.

BJP, which supports the separate Telangana demand, is also likely to express solidarity with the MPs from the region, according to political observers.

PTI