No truck with TRS: Devender Goud

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Hyderabad, Jun 24 (UNI) A day after quitting the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to work for separate Telangana State, Former Home Minister T Devender Goud today made it clear he would not have any truck with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).

Addressing the press here with Former Minister E Peddi Reddy who also quit the TDP on the Telangana issue, Mr Goud said, ''We will not join hands with the TRS under any circumstances.

''I want to adopt a totally different model other than the one adopted by the TRS.

''A golden age will follow soon after the creation of Telangana.

I want to build a cadre of committed workers and pick up leaders ready to make sacrifices to achieve the goal and develop the new state,'' he explained, denying any ego clash with TRS President K Chandrasekar Rao.

Opining electoral politics was not the ''be all and end all'' for him, he said,''People are used as pawns by parties in the political game. The thinking of present political parties is limited to winning seats,'' he said.

''Let us find a solution to the issue as brothers and live in two Telugu-speaking states to usher in rapid development in both the regions,'' Mr Goud appealed to the Coastal Andhra People.

A meeting of intellectuals of Telangana Region would be held on June 28 to chalk out the next course of action, he announced.

He would mobilise the support of all major parties, including the BJP, at the national level, to achieve Telangana, he said.

Stating he did not have even one per cent faith in the TDP's core Committee on Telangana, he described it only as an attempt to delay taking a decision on the issue.

The Former TDP leader lamented that motives had been attributed to his decision to give a thrust to the Telangana movement.

He alleged that the Congress Government was looting the resources of the Telangana region, including land and water, on the pretext of so-called development.

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