TRS leaders court arrest to press for Telangana
Hyderabad, Aug 24: Soon after the Andhra Pradesh assembly adjourned abruptly for the second day today, Telangana Rashtra Samiti legislators stepped up their stir outside the House by courting arrest to mount pressure on the Congress to concede their demand for statehood to Telangana.
In support of the fasting TRS supremo K Chandrasekara Rao in New Delhi, TRS leaders, including Legislature Party leader G Vijayarama Rao, joined by a large number of party cadres, squatted near the Telangana Martyrs memorial to press their demand.
''We will continue the stir in a 'non-violent' way both within and outside the Assembly till UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi conceded party's just demand,'' Mr Rao said, even as party activists hailed TRS chief and raised slogans against the Congress.
With the vehicular traffic coming to a virtual halt on the arterial Public Gardens road, police escorted the agitating legislators, including former Ministers Nayini Narasimha Reddy, A Chandrasekar and T Harish Rao into waiting police vans and restored traffic.
Accusing the Congress of ''betraying'' the Telangana people, Mr Harish Rao asked why the Congress had included the Telangana issue in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and in the President's speech and constituted a UPA sub-committee headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, if it was for constitution of Second States' Reorganisation Commission (SRC).
Even the Second SRC had not been constituted in the last two years by the Congress party, which had allegedly betrayed the Telangana cause in 1969, he charged.