Telangana state will be reality in 15 days, says TRS chief
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao is confident that separate Telangana state will come into existence in 15 days.
"I am leaving for Delhi tomorrow (Friday) and I will return in Telangana state after 15 days," he told reporters here Thursday after Andhra Pradesh legislature completed debate on the bill sent by the president for it opinion on formation of Telangana state.
He predicted that the elections would be held in separate states of Telangana and Andhra.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, claimed to have all the information including the dates when the bill would be tabled and passed in parliament.
"The entire process will be completed in 10 to 15 days," he said.
He said the passing of official resolutions in the state legislature rejecting the bill would have no impact on the process of formation of Telangana state as the sovereign power to create new states under article 3 of the constitution rest with parliament.
"The state assembly is asked only to give its opinion. It has no power to reject or pass a bill for creation of a new state," he said.
He criticized Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu and other Seemandhra leaders for trying to stall formation of Telangana state, saying Seemandhra leaders were sowing permanent seeds of hatred between people of the two regions.
KCR termed Thursday's development as a victory of people of Telangana. Paying tributes to those who laid down their lives for the cause of Telangana state, he promised that in the new state family of each martyr would be paid Rs.10 lakh and at least one member of the family would be provided a government job.
The TRS chief, who had revived Telangana movement in 2000 by floating the party, said he would answer queries about his party's merger with Congress only after Telangana bill is passed by both the houses of parliament.
KCR had launched indefinite fast in November 2009 for separate state. It had forced the central government to make an announcement on Dec 9, 2009 to initiate the process for formation of Telangana state.
(Posted on 30-01-2014)