Hyderabad, July 23 (NSS): Lashing out at the senior TDP leader, Dr Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, for alleging that the Telangana agitators were demanding money from the Seemandhra people, the Rajya Sabha member, Mr V Hanumanth Rao, has questioned the former as to why the Seemandhra people were giving money to the Telangana agitators. He expressed doubts that the money was black if the allegations were true.
Mr Rao said he was addressing a letter to the Congress high priests like Mr Pranab Mukerjee, Mr A K Antony and Mr Gulam Nabi Azad, about the prevailing conditions in the State. Stating that the Telangana and Andhra people would live like brothers if the State was bifurcated, he appealed to the Seemandhra leaders to extend their support for creation of separate Telangana State.
Speaking to the media at his residence here on Saturday, Mr Hanumantha Rao alleged that the Seemandhra leaders were systematically obstructing creation of separate Telangana State. He asked as to why the Seemandhra leaders did not raise objection when the Congress party had joined hands with the TRS in 2004 elections. He also asked how the Seemandhra people ensured victory of the Congress party though the TRS was a staunch Telangana protagonist.
The Rajya Sabha member also pointed out that the TDP Chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, had entered into an electoral alliance with the TRS in 2009 elections expecting a huge victory. He also questioned the wisdom of the Seemandhra leaders in not raising an objection in 2004 when the then Congress party State Affairs in-charge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, went to the residence of the TRS Chief, Mr K Chandrashekar Rao, for an electoral alliance.
Alleging that the Seemandhra leaders were deliberately fuelling Samaikyandhra movement in Andhra region, he said the Telangana people were voluntarily participating in the movement to live their life. He pointed out that the students and youths in Telangana were committing suicides for the separate State cause in spite of the leaders urging them not to do so. But in the Seemandhra regions, no student was ending life for the cause of integrated State.
Pointing out that all the political parties entered fray in 2009 elections and Andhra people cast their votes to the Congress and TDP, Mr Rao asked why the people in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions voted for Congress and Telugu Desam parties even though they clearly supported separate Telangana demand in their manifestoes. He contended that the common people in the Seemandhra region were not against creation of separate Telangana State, but the capitalist leaders of the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions were opposing separate Telangana State for their own selfish interests.
Stating that there was a clear division among the people of Telangana and Seemandhra regions, he said it was time for them to separate like brothers. Otherwise, the Telangana movement will go into the hands of anti-social elements, he warned. He said as the Telangana elected representatives had resigned to their posts seeking separate Telangana State, it was not proper for the Seemandhra leaders to sabotage the prospects of separate Telangana.
Stating that there was no mistake on the part of Mr Chandra Rao, Mr Hanumanth Rao said the Resident Commissioner, Mr Rajat Bhargava, was responsible for the AP Bhavan episode. He also observed that the people would chase the Telangana public representatives if they withdrew their resignations. (NSS)