Telangana Shocker: Congress exposes Jagan, Naidu; releases old letters

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Hyderabad, Oct 9: In a major setback for TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress president Jagan Mohan Reddy, Congress released letters showing that the two leaders had conveyed their supports for formation of separate Telangana.

The YSR Congress chief, who is well-known as Jagan, has been fasting for last five days protesting against Centre's decision on Andhra Pradesh bifurcation. The TDP chief Naidu also has been holding fast-unto-death at Andhra Bhawan in New Delhi. Naidu's fast too entered 3rd day on Wednesday, Oct 9.

Meanwhile, Congress released the letters exposing Jagan and Naidu's double standards over Telangana. In a letter to union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Naidu in Dec 2012 had written, "I would like to bring to your notice that our party has stated its opinion through its letter dated October 18, 2008, to then Minister of External Affairs Shri Pranab Mukherjee and our letter is still with your government. We have not withdrawn our letter."

TDP agreed with its recommendations in favour of Telangana formation

According to media reports, Naidu in 2008 had sent the first letter to Pranab Mukherjee in 2008 saying, "The politburo of TDP has discussed thoroughly on the conclusions arrived at by the core committee and agreed with its recommendations in favour of formation of a separate Telangana state."

Jagan's letter, however, did not express YSR Congress party's stand on Telangana clearly. The YSR Congress letter, which has been released by Congress, had said, "Our party addressed this issue at the first plenary of held on 8-9th July 2011. As per the decision taken in that meeting, we reiterate that our party respects the sentiments of the people of Telangana."

Earlier Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh had expressed disappointment with both TDP and YSR Congress. Turning up to micro-blogging site Twitter, Singh tweeted, "Surprised with the turn around of Chandra Babu and Jagan. Both had given support to Telengana in writing. Amazing Political Opportunism!"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Appeal to AP Govt employees to suspend their strike and resume their duties. They are losing their salaries and causing hardship to people</p>— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) <a href="">October 7, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Meanwhile, Naidu tried to clarify his stand on Telangana formation. Continuing his hunger strike in the national capital, Naidu was quoted as saying, "we are very clear, we are pro-Telangana, but the manner in which the decision was taken was wrong. The central government should have taken views from both regions."

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