Start constitutional process for Telangana: TRS chief


Hyderabad: On the day Home Minister P. Chidambaram appealed for calm in Andhra Pradesh and said all stakeholders would be consulted on creating a Telangana state, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao Wednesday appealed to the cental government to immediately begin the constitutional process for forming the new state. He also said political consensus could never be achieved on the issue.

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Addressing a meeting at the TRS office here hours before Chidambaram made his statement in New Delhi, Chandrasekhara Rao warned the government against making any statement that might provoke the people of Telangana.

“Already there is uproar in Telangana. Students, lawyers and others are coming out on the streets. We have been patient and calm. Don’t raise the emotions. Don’t play with the people of Telangana otherwise they will not keep quiet,” KCR, as Chandrasekhara Rao is known, added.

He also warned that all legislators from the region, irrespective of their party affiliations, would resign if the government backtracked on Telangana and reduce the Congress government to a minority.

KCR again warned that the people of Telangana were ready to lay down their lives to achieve their goal.

He said talks on moving a resolution in the assembly or achieving a political consensus would not help. “The political consensus can’t be arrived at even after 100 years because they (the Andhra and Rayalseema regions) will never agree to the formation of Telangana state,” he added.

KCR, whose 11-day hunger strike last month had prompted Chidambaram to make his Dec 9 statement on Telangana, said a resolution in the assembly was not required as the Indian constitution and various verdicts of Supreme Court were clear on creating new states.

He announced that a Joint Action Committee of legislators, MPs and other public representatives of Telangana, as also lawyers, students and others fighting for the new state would be formed to chalk out the future course of action.