KCR puts a rider to merge

Published: 31st July 2013 08:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2013 08:46 AM   |  A+A-

The decision on the merger of Telangana Rasthra Samithi will be taken only after the T-bill is introduced in Parliament.

While welcoming the Congress decision in favour Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao on Tuesday said that “I cannot announce the merger decision across the table.”

Speaking to reporters, Rao thanked AICC president Sonia Gandhi, prime minister Manmohan Singh, opposition BJP and 32 other parties which supported Telagnana state. Rao demanded: “We want T-bill be introduced in the coming monsoon session of Parliament. We also need some clarifications on the common capital. We have no objection if Andhra use Hyderabad to run their administration till the infrastructure is ready in the new state. But, the Congress should give clarity on the modalities on the common capital.”

If the clarification given by the Congress on common capital was acceptable to the people of Telangana and TRS, then the question of merger of TRS with Congress would arise, he said.

“I cannot take a decision on merger alone. The politburo, state committee and legislature party should discuss the matter,” Rao added. He recalled that the Congress went back on its assurance in 2009. “The TRS will be vigilant and cautious till the T-bill is introduced,” Rao added.

No threat to settlers

The TRS chief further said settlers should not feel any anxiety in Hyderabad. “You (settlers) should not have any doubts in your minds. The Telangana CM will have 24 hours work to rebuild Telangana. So, we will not involve in petty quarrels,” Rao added. He further said during the Telangana agitation, Andhra and Telangana leaders might have accused each other.

“But, we have separated like brothers. Now, we are not against Andhra people. They can run their administration from Hyderabad till a new capital is constructed for separate Andhra,” Rao said.

He said the formation of Telagana state was due to the sacrifices of 1,000 youths.

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