Congress steps up campaign against TRS

Hyderabad, June 12: The Congress appears to be preparing for an all-out offensive against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. Apparently taking a cue from Chief Minister YS Rajansekhara Reddy’s tirade against Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao in the Assembly on Wednesday, ministers belonging to the Telangana region as well as PCC chief D Srinivas stepped up their campaign against the TRS.

The State Cabinet, which met here, also endorsed the stand taken by Chief Minister on the separate Telangana issue. On his part, the Chief Minister wanted the ministers to highlight that Congress was committed to the development of the region and that the TRS was only trying to derive political mileage by exploiting public sentiment. During the course of a discussion in the Assembly yesteday, Reddy assailed Chandrasekhar Rao for his utterances against people of other regions and said it was time he (Rao) realised that Telangana was not his personal property.

Speaking to newsmen here today, D Srinivas held Chandrasekhar Rao solely responsible for the `weakening’ of Telangana movement. “He (KCR) has created a `confusion’ on the T issue among the people. What he did he do to Telangana in the last several years? He could have strengthened the movement when he won the MP seat by about four lakhs majority. How will people believe him now if he talks about strengthening Telangana movement as his party which contested 50 Assembly segments, won only 10 seats?’’ he questioned.

The PCC chief said that if the TRS leader was really sincere about the cause, his party should join the committed headed by Finance Minister K Rosaiah as the issue could be resolved through political means and in a democratic process.

Meanwhile, the Congress Legislature Party upped its ante against the TRS and denied the latter’s allegation that the Chief Minister was trying to provoke the people with his utterances. Ministers D Sridhar Babu, K Venkat Reddy and Government Chief Whip Bhatti Vikramarka warned that the CLP would not keep quiet if the TRS leader continue his criticism of the Chief Minister and the Congress.