Rift between Congress leaders deepens over Telangana issue



Hyderabad: The divide in ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh over Telangana issue deepened Monday with leaders from Telangana region demanding an unconditional apology from ministers hailing from non-Telangana regions for their alleged comments on the separate statehood demand.

Joining the chorus of criticism from TRS and Telugu Desam, the Telangana Congress leaders slammed the ministers for their alleged comments before Sri Krishna committee that those seeking separate state are traitors of the nation.

"We (Congress leaders from Telangana region) had a meeting at the residence of senior party MLA K Jana Reddy today. The comments of ministers from Coastal Andhra and Telangana are shocking. How can they say that those demanding separate Telangana state are traitors of the nation," K Yadava Reddy, a Congress MLC, told reporters.

He, along with other Congress leaders, was speaking at the state Congress headquarters here, on the sidelines of a function organised to observe the anniversary of 'August Kranti Diwas'.

Maintaining that the ministers from non-Telangana regions were testing the patience of Telangana people with their provocative remarks, Yadava Reddy said Telangana Congress leaders would complain to party president Sonia Gandhi on the issue.

State Endowments Minister Gade Venkata Reddy, who made the presentation to the Sri Krishna Committee on behalf of the ministers from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, reiterated his denial about calling Telangana supporters as traitors.

PTI