Telugu Desam Party (TDP) senior leader and Mudhol MLA S Venugopalachary on Sunday joined Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the presence of TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao.
At a programme at Telangana Bhavan on Sunday, Venugopalachary and another TDP leader and former Urdu Academy chairman Ahmadullah joined TRS.
Speaking on the occasion, Venugopalachary called upon Telangana people to bury both TDP and Congress to achieve separate state.
“I have served as an MLA, minister and Central minister in my 30-year-long stint in TDP. But, I was pained to witness the suicides of 1,000 youths for Telangana. Now, I have decided to join TRS and be a worker. I will accept whatever responsibility given by TRS,” Venugopalachary said.
He said that the TDP adopted a two-eyes policy on Telangana. TDP Telangana leaders were saying that their party was committed to its letter to Pranab Mukherjee committee. But, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu took a complete U-turn after submitting the letter, Venugopalchary pointed out.
He said Telangana could be achieved only by supporting TRS and burying the TDP and the Congress in the region.
Ahmadullah said Telangana was possible only under the leadership of Chandrasekhara Rao, who is the only secular leader.
TRS chief KCR said the awareness among Telangana people reached new heights. “Telangana movement is now beyond caste, religion and other barriers. People of Telangana are determined to achieve statehood by any means,” Rao said.
TRS secretary general K Kesava Rao, several MLAs, MLCs and other leaders were present.