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We will not wait indefinitely to secure Telangana: Minister

Friday 24 June 2005

Special Correspondent

"TRS will not let down people of the region"

NEW DELHI: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief and Union Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao on Thursday reaffirmed his party’s commitment to the formation of a separate State and appealed to naxalites to "kill me" instead of harming workers.

"The TRS is committed to [the] creation of Telangana and the process is on. We have been utilising our office as Ministers to generate support ... do not harm party workers or cause loss to their property, kill me [if you are not satisfied]... ’’ he told a press conference here.

The appeal comes in the wake of a threat from the naxalites asking the TRS Ministers and others to quit their posts by June 15 for "failing" to carve out a separate State. There were reports that several workers in districts were putting in their papers.

Urging the naxalites to reconsider the threat, Mr. Rao said the TRS was using power as a weapon of bargain and would not let down the people who stood by him. The TRS Ministers at the Centre and in the State would not take a minute to resign if they felt that the Congress was not serious about the formation of a separate state.

Since the TRS shared power at the Centre, its representatives had generated support from 27 parties. Consultations were in the final stages and the TRS could not abandon the exercise without exhausting the process. "We have to act like a mature and responsible political party and should not behave in a childish manner by quitting at this juncture. But we are not going to wait indefinitely."

The TRS chief said a committee, headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, was eliciting the views of various parties. Mr. Mukherjee told him recently thatit would submit its report shortly. Mr. Rao said a separate State could be created only by an Act of Parliament.

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