'TRS to decide on withdrawing from UPA in Sept'
New Delhi, Aug 25: Former Labour Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhara Rao today said that he had been asked by senior leaders like Sharad Pawar and Lalu Prasad not to leave the United Progressive Alliance and they were still pressurising Congress to come out with a proposal on creation of Telangana.
Talking to newspersons, Mr Rao who had undertaken a fast at Jantar Mantar to highlight the 'betrayal' of people of Telangana by the the Congress, the leading party of the UPA, said these leaders were asking him not to quit UPA but await the proposal from the Congress party.
''I have resigned from the Ministry but since I have not written a letter withdrawing the TRS' support from the UPA to the President, we continue to be part of UPA. I will take a decision on writing the letter after my return from Andhra Pradesh in September,'' he said.
Referring to the reports of sporadic violence in Telangana region, Mr Rao said although it was natural to get provoked, he appealed to the people not to resort to violence. ''Let us show our unity and strength to the people of the country by electing maxmimum number of TRS MPs and MLAs whenever the elections are held and attain self rule for the people of Telangana,'' he said.
''Even today, the UPA Chairperson and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have time to make amends on Telangana otherwise their party would be paying dearly in future elections in Andhra Pradesh,'' Mr Rao said.
He said the Congress, which had once again betrayed the people of Telangana, had earlier, right from ordinary party workers to Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhara Reddy and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, no qualms about wearing the rose-coloured Telangana stole before 2004 Parliament and Assembly elections. Even in the local body elections, the Congress had implanted their election symbol in Telangana map, he said.
He said the Congress leaders in Telangana were now talking of doling out developments to the region. ''Development is no substitute for for statehood, self rule and self respect'', Mr Rao asserted.
He said that in the last two and half years, the TRS had utilised the opportunity to educate the political parties in Parliament about the cause and Telangana today enjoyed the support of about 300 MPs in Parliament without the Congress.
''For the rest of present term the TRS would actively associate themselves with the cause of separate smaller states like Vidarbha and Bundelkhand,'' the TRS chief said.