TRS dissidents, Cong, BJP criticise deadline on Telangana

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 (UNI) The Congress leaders in Telangana region, dissident Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs and the BJP today criticised the TRS for issuing a 'deadline' to the Centre to announce the formation of separate Telangana.

Talking to newspersons here, state Roads and Building Minister T Jeevan Reddy, a Congress leader of Telangana, said the Congress was in favour of a Telangana state and committed to constitute second State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh as mentioned in the party manifesto during the 2004 Assembly elections.

''The TRS has threatened that its representatives will resign en masse if the Centre fails to declare the formation of Telangana by March six. But it will not solve the issue,'' the Minister said.

Congress MLA P Goverdhan Reddy, who was present, said the Congress would not contest the next elections if the TRS MLAs and MPs resigned.

BJP senior leader and party state General Secretary K Laxman said the TRS MLAs should have resigned immediately after the party withdrew support to the UPA Government at the Centre last year.

''Now, the people have lost faith in the TRS,'' he alleged.

TRS dissident MLA D Srinivasa Rao alleged ''the deadline issued by TRS is against the sentiments of Telangana people. People will not believe this as party President K Chandrasekhara Rao has been cheating them since 2004.'' UNI AP VA MSJ RAI1915

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