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If not you, NDA will give us our state: Telangana rally warns Congress

September 29, 2013 21:02 IST

If not you, NDA will give us our state: Telangana rally warns Congress

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Mohammed Siddique

The biggest ever show of strength by the supporters of Telangana state brought Hyderabad city to a grinding halt on Sunday. More than a lakh people from all across Telangana flooded Hyderabad as a befitting reply to the challenge of Telangana opponents that nobody can divide Andhra Pradesh or take away Hyderabad from the Seemandhra people.

The 'Sakala Jana Bheri' rally at the Nizam College Grounds sent a thunderous message out that nothing less than a “Sampoorna Telangana” comprising of 10 districts and Hyderabad as it capital will be acceptable to the people of the region.

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Leaders and representatives from all sections of the Telangana society, including politicians, intellectuals, employees, teachers, doctors, minorities and women got together on a single platform marking a new peak in the decades old struggle for separate state.

But there were also signs that the patience of Telangana supporters was being tested to the limit. Telangana Joint Action Committee convenor Kodanda Ram and co-convenor M Lakshmaiah lashed out at the state media and warned that if they continue to indulge in misleading propaganda and blackout the coverage of their agitation, playing up the agitation against Telangana, they will not keep quiet.

“If Monday's papers don’t carry the proper coverage of this rally on the front pages in all the Andhra and Rayalasema districts, we will start boycotting these Andhra papers from Tuesday,” declared Lakshmaiah, a journalist by profession.

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Ram named two prominent educational groups of Andhra and said that their institutions in Hyderabad were being misused to oppose Telangana. “If this continues, there is a bound to be a reaction.”he said.

Interestingly, even as Telangana leaders were warning the “biased” Andhra media, many Telugu channels were beaming the meeting of Andhra supporters at Kurnool, ignoring the bigger rally in Hyderabad.

Telangana leaders and supporters were angry with the slow progress even two months after the Congress Working Committee’s decision to bifurcate the state.

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But there is nothing to fear for Telangana,” declared K Chandrasekhar Rao, president, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, and the architect of Telangana movement.

If the United Progressive Alliance plays any game and goes back, another national alternative (thr National Democratic Alliance) is ready to give us our Telangana,” he said ,thanking Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh for their consistent support.

 

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Lashing out at Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for only speaking about Andhra and keeping quiet about the sufferings of the people of Telangana, he said that the only purpose for demanding for a united Andhra Pradesh was to continue to loot the resources of Telangana.

“Reddy will lose his position before October 6. His 'connection will be switched off',” he quipped.

Giving an example of the exploitation of Telangana resources to benefit AP, KCR quoted the chief minister as saying that only 90 tmc ft of water was allotted to Andhra projects from the River Krishna, but they were utilising 330 tmc ft of water by diverting the waters from the Srisailam project.

“I would like to ask the chief minister whether any project including Velugodu, Hendri Niva and Gale Nagari were allocated even 1 tmc ft of water.”

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“This looting has resulted in complete destruction of the Mahbubnagar distric and crippling of 1.5 lakh children because of fluoride affected water in Nalgonda district,” he said.

He ridiculed the demand of Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu that Andhra region should be paid compensation after the bifurcation.

“Who should get the compensation? Those who looted or those who suffered at the hands of the looters?” he asked.

The massive rally was also addressed by the leaders of the BJP, the Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist–Leninist, New Democracy, leaders of Employees' Joint Action Committee and Muslim minority leaders.


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