With the fresh demands made by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for separate Gorkhaland following developments over Telangana issue, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar on Sunday alleged that Seemandhra leaders were providing financial assistance to the separatists to thwart Telangana state formation.
As talks for carving out a Telangana state are in its last leg, the GJM has revived its demand for a separate Gorkha state by calling a three-day bandh in Darjeeling hills.
Prabhakar accused Seemandhra leaders of refuelling the demand for Gorkhaland and plans to complain to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi regarding the matter.
Speaking to the media at party office here, the MP said that intelligence authorities should tap Seemandhra leaders’ phone calls, and nab the ones who are instigating Gorkhaland leaders.
He said that every time the Telangana issue has reached the final stage, Seemandhra leaders have conspired to thwart the process. He requested the media not to attend to the meetings organised by Seemandhra leaders if they are not attended by Telangana leaders. He also clarified that Telangana leaders never asked for Rayala Telangana. “We had asked for a state that included Hyderabad and 10 districts from Telangana region,” he said.
Prabhakar criticized Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi leader Byreddy Rajashekar Reddy for comparing AICC president Sonia Gandhi with ‘Surpanakhaa’, and asked ministers TG Venkatesh and Shailajanath why they kept mum on Byreddy’s comments. Leaders K Rajashekar and Y Sunil Rao were present.