TRS indicates willingness to attend meet on Telangana

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Hyderabad, Jan 18 (PTI) TRS today appeared to be openminded on attending the meeting of eight recognised politicalparties from Andhra Pradesh to be convened soon by the Centreto discuss the Telangana issue, saying it will take a decisionafter the agenda of the meet is made public.

"We have not yet received the invitation from theUnion Home Ministry. Once the invitation is extended, we willgo through as to what the agenda would be, how the meetingwould be conducted, whether they will continue with the themeof inviting two representatives from each political party orit''s actually the final meeting," TRS MLA K T Rama Rao toldreporters after a meeting of the party''s state executive here.

"We will wait to see the invitation. We will talk inour Politburo and take a decision," the son of party presidentK Chandrasekhar Rao said.

TRS had stayed away from a meeting of the politicalparties convened by the ministry on January six to share theSrikrishna Committee report, alleging the Centre''s policy ofallowing two representatives from each party would encouragethem to give divergent views on regional lines. TDP and BJPalso stayed away from the meeting.

The Centre is expected to convene the next meeting ofpolitical parties before January 26 to discuss the SrikrishnaCommittee report.

The state executive meeting also decided to make theproposed relay hunger strikes for Telangana on January 21 agrand success and take up other agitational programmesinvolving students in a big way in the statehood agitation.

"Eventually, the budget sessions of both Parliamentand State Assembly are likely to begin in the third week ofFebruary. Our idea is that we would start off with the seriesof programmes and we should peak at the right time, stall bothHouses of Parliament and Assembly here. Until the governmentcomes forward with a concrete assurance, our programmes willcontinue," Rama Rao said.

TRS floor leader in the Assembly E Rajender said apro-Telangana students'' convention would be organised onJanuary 22 which would be attended by the party presidentChandrasekhar Rao.

The students would take up ''bus yatras'' from January29 in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Telangana, he said.

Asked about the reports that Cabinet berths have beenoffered to Congress MPs from Telangana to pacify them on thestatehood issue, he said the ruling party MPs have to decidewhether they want to be on people''s side or remain in a"restricted zone" by taking up ministerial responsibilities.

Meanwhile, a brief scene was shot on Chandrasekhar Raoin the party office premises here for an upcoming film "JaiBolo Telangana", which is about the ongoing separate statehoodagitation.

The party has decided to show the film to people inTelangana, Rajender said.

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