KCR Threatens Another War for 'Total Telangana' - The New Indian Express

KCR Threatens Another War for 'Total Telangana'

Published: 25th December 2013 08:03 AM

Last Updated: 25th December 2013 08:03 AM

Sending out a loud and clear message to the Centre against any attempt to move the Telangana Bill in Parliament in its present form, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao has warned that the people of the region were ready for another war for a ‘Total Telangana’ without any strings attached.

The TRS chief, speaking at a function after releasing the diary of the Telangana Group I officers’ Association, said he would lead a delegation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that the provisions in the T Bill which sought to deny what is rightfully theirs like autonomy in administration of Hyderabad.

“Why should governor sit on our heads? Why should administration of law and order in Hyderabad be different from the rest of the states where no such restrictions are imposed? There is no question of accepting a Telangana with powers of administration remaining with the Centre,” he said.

Chandrasekhara Rao maintained that it was not the kind of Telangana that is outlined in the Bill that the TRS wanted. “We have not fought for this kind of Telangana state. There are several provisions which ought to be amended before the Bill is piloted in Parliament,” he said. “I have no objection if you (Centre) give another one lakh crore to Seemandhra but our rights should not be undermined,” he said.

The TRS chief was keen that before the Bill was introduced in Parliament, several provisions have to be amended. “We have fought for water, funds and appointment to government jobs. If these rights are undermined, what is the point in having a Telangana state,” he asked. “If I agree to restrictions on powers of administration, I would become another Chenna Reddy. I do not want this title,” he said.

Chandrasekhara Rao suggested to TJAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram to organise a dharna at Indira Park after January 3 (when Assembly will meet to discuss the T Bill) to tell the Centre that it cannot assume that whatever it hands down, the people of Telangana would accept it. “Let us tell the Centre what we want. This is different from what is being proposed to be given to us,” he said.

He said under the rule of Seemandhra leaders, Telangana people suffered a lot. Their governance was characterised by time consuming committees when a demand was raised and finally deny it on some pretext or the other. In 1985, Telangana engineers were driven away from Rayalaseema.

 “We lost jobs then to Andhras. Now they have retired and we are expected to pay them pensions. Why should we lose on both the counts?” he asked.

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