Nothing short of Telangana with Hyd as capital acceptable: TRS

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Sangareddy(AP), Jan 24 (PTI) Asserting that nothing shortof Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital would be acceptableto his party, TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao tonight vowedto continue the struggle till the goal is achieved.

"We won''t accept anything less than Telangana prior tothe formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. We should fight forTelangana till it is achieved. We have struggled forindependence for nearby 200 years. Failure of 1857 revolt wasnot the end of struggle. That should be the spirit ofTelangana movement," he said addressing a meeting atSadashivapet near here in Medak district tonight.

Vowing to struggle for Telangana till it is achieved, hesaid he will accept even if his head is cut but not compromiseon the issue.

Coming down heavily on Congress leaders for allegedly nothelping the Telangana cause, Rao claimed that it was the sameCongress leaders who cheated the Telangana people even in 1969when hundreds of people died for the separate statehood cause.

"It was Congress that ruined Telangana movement always.

In 1969, more than 400 people sacrificed their lives. ThenCongress leaders ruined the movement for Cabinet berths andposts. In 1956, unification of all Telugu-speaking areas wasthe result of Congress'' wicked policy. The Centre went back onits promise to form separate Telangana due to Congressleaders," he said.

Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also opined that Telanganaand rest of Andhra Pradesh can separate whenever they wanted,Rao claimed. (More) PTI COR SJR VKV

Referring to the alleged attacks on TRS workers by the supporters of Congress MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy two days ago,Rao claimed that the incident was not an attack on four orfive persons but on the self-respect of Telangana

Though Jayaprakash Reddy tried to block his way, he said,people welcomed him by showering flowers.

Rao reiterated his promise to make a dalit as ChiefMinister and a Muslim as deputy Chief Minister after theformation of separate Telangana state.

TRS MP from Medak Vijay Shanthi, and party leaders ERajender, T Harish Rao and other leaders were present on theoccasion.

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