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TRS quits Cabinet, UPA

Wednesday 23 August 2006

Special Correspondent

Party chief Chandrasekhara Rao to begin `fast-unto-death’ on Telangana issue

NEW DELHI : Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao and party leader A. Narendra on Tuesday resigned from the Union Council of Ministers.

The party also pulled out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), charging the Congress with "betrayal" of the people of Telangana.

The decision came despite the talks the Left and UPA leaders had with Mr. Rao.

"There cannot be any solution to the problems faced by Telangana people within the integrated State of Andhra Pradesh. We forged an alliance with the Congress and joined the UPA Government with the hope, confidence and a categorical assurance that a Telangana state would be formed as a part of the Common Minimum Programme. But to our utter dismay, it is not happening and is not likely to happen in the near future. Consequently, the people of Telangana have lost faith in the present set-up," Mr. Rao said in a seven-page resignation letter to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Rao, along with his party colleagues, addressed the media late in the evening and promised to launch a door-to-door campaign on how the Congress had gone back on its word. Mr. Rao would begin a `fast-unto-death’ at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.

Mr. Rao first met the leaders of the UPA constituents. At the meeting with the Left leaders, the matter took a decisive turn.

The CPI (M) reiterated its opposition to the formation of Telangana.

The CPI said a five-point programme should be launched to remove the backwardness of the region and a high-power committee should go into other issues.

Party leaders Gurudas Dasgupta and S. Sudhakar Reddy appealed to the TRS not to leave the Government.

See online : The Hindu

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