Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao made two things clear on Sunday. First, the TRS does not trust the Congress unless and until, the Telangana bill is passed in Parliament. Second, it will exist even after the creation of a separate Telangana state.
Breaking his silence for the first time after the Congress core committee meeting on Telangana, Rao, in an address at the Telangana Bhavan here, said, “Do not believe the Congress blindly.”
“Congress has been deceiving the people on the Telangana issue since 1956. It is responsible for the merger of Telangana with Andhra. That was the beginning. The Congress can’t be trusted. No one in Telangana will believe Congress,” Rao said.
On the Congress core committee decision to refer the issue to the party’s working committee, he said the TRS does not want a resolution in favour of Telangana by the Congress working committee. “Not mere introduction of T-bill in Parliament, we want it adopted. If the bill is adopted, then only will the people believe the Congress,” Rao said.
He pointed out that the women’s reservation bill was introduced in Parliament, but has not yet been adopted. Another bill on Dalit reservations has also been passed in Rajya Sabha but is pending in the Lok Sabha for several years, he added.
“Even if the Telangana bill is introduced, the Congress will keep it pending like the other two bills and again come to the people to seek votes. The Congress will say it did something by introducing the bill and will want power again in 2014 to deliver Telangana state,” he said.