NO GOING BACK ON SEPARATE T STATE—JANA REDDY

New Delhi, July 6 (NSS): The team of  Telangana Congress leaders headed by the State Panchayat Raj Minister Mr. K. Jana Reddy continued its parley with the central leaders including the in- charge of party affairs in AP Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad  here this morning. Briefing the media after the meeting Mr. Jana Reddy reiterated that their main agenda was to achieve a separate Telangana state,  and  in pursuance of it all the elected representatives of the people from the region have tendered their resignations.

            He appealed to the Telangana people not to fall a prey to rumours and false propaganda being spread by vested interests that there was no unity and sincerity among them in achieving a separate state. Irrespective of their party stand and policies, all the Telangana leaders are united to fight for the cause of a separate state, he observed.

Mr. Jana Reddy explained that during their discussions with Mr. Azad and other central leaders they had impressed upon the urgency in taking quick decision for carving out a separate state. They had all resigned as per the wishes of the people and thus brought to the notice of the central leadership the aspirations of the people of the region. “We had also made clear to the central leaders that the people were losing faith and confidence in them due to the undue delay in announcing a decision on the formation of a Telangana state, he added.

To repeated questions as to  whether they were satisfied with their discussions and whether they had received any categorical assurance, Mr. Jana Reddy evaded a directly reply by only stating that they were confident that the party high command would take the required steps in this direction. Even as the media personnel repeatedly wanted to know what assurance thy had got during their discussions with the central leaders, Mr. Jana Reddy and others abruptly walked out of the press meet.

According to informed sources the Telangana Congress leaders are likely to return to the state capital by this evening and chalk out their future course of action. The fact that the Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy had left on a two-day tour of his native Chittoor district at a time when the Telangana region was reeling under bandh and the student community on a war path only goes to speak that it would take some more time for the curtains to come down on the Telangana crisis.

Dr K Keshava Rao, who had resigned his Rajya Sabha membership, was also present at the press briefing.  (NSS).

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