Even if Telangana is carved out, Telangnana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has a strong feeling that reconstruction was not possible under Congress rule. TRS alone can address the needs and aspirations of Telangana people, he said.
TRS secretary general K Keshava Rao said whenever Congress was in power in the state, it had shown contemptuous disregard towards Telangana.
“After Telangana is carved out and if Congress comes to power, that government cannot act on its own. Congress is a national party. Every decision will be taken by the party high command. When Andhra leaders were by its side, how can the Congress high command take a decision favouring Telangana. Congress is certainly influenced by Andhra leaders,” Keshava Rao told reporters here on Wednesday.
He pointed to the ‘injustice’ meted out by Kiran Kumar Reddy government and opposed the report submitted by the chief minister to the Congress core committee.
Dismissing the theory that AICC president Sonia Gandhi will follow Indira Gandhi and would not deliver Telangana, Keshava Rao said: “Several states like Punjab, Haryana, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura were carved out when Indira Gandhi was prime minister.”
Dismissing that Maoist problem would increase in Telangana state, Keshava Rao said the successive governments failed to address the socio-economic problem.
“In the separate Telangana state, the TRS government will immediately address the problems of backward areas. It will create employment and solve their socio-economic problems. Definitely, Maoists will not pose any threat to the new state,” Keshava Rao added.
When Kiran Reddy told the Congress core committee that over `1 lakh crore was needed for Telangana, it means that he was admitting that Telangana was backward and needs a lot of money for development.
Kiran Reddy failed to address Telangana needs in his two-year rule, the TRS secretary general alleged.
Keshava Rao said while Kiran Reddy allotted `7,390 crore for Chittoor drinking water scheme, just `1,000 crore was allotted to all the 10 Telangana districts. Recently, 10,917 teacher posts were notified, but 2,231 of them were in Chittoor district alone.
When there was a shortage of language pandits in Telangana region, all the 148 language pandit posts notified recently were allotted to Chittoor district, Keshava Rao said. He said that around one lakh jobs in Telangana region were filled with Andhra people.
“Can a Congress government in Telangana state rectify this anomaly? Congress rule will be dictated by Andhras. Only those who fought for Telangana and really committed to its cause can deliver the goods. TRS can act independently for the welfare of the people,” Keshava Rao added.