Hyderabad: Telagana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) yesterday made it clear that no restrictions on Hyderabad would be accepted while carving out separate Telangana state.
The party held a general body meeting, which passed a resolution asking the central government to grant full powers to Telangana state at par with the powers enjoyed by other states.
TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao told reporters after the meeting that any restrictions on Hyderabad or the central government keeping some powers with itself would be an insult to people of Telangana.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, warned of another agitation if the central government deviates from Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolution that Telangana state will comprise 10 districts with Hyderabad as its capital.
“The centre’s attitude towards Telangana state should be on equal footing with its relations with 28 other states,” KCR said while commenting on reports that Group of Ministers (GoM) is considering special status to Hyderabad and may recommend the central government to keep law and order and some other powers with itself to protect the interests of people of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) settled here.
“Can’t we maintain law and order? We will protect life of every citizen in Hyderabad,” remarked KCR.
KCR said while solving an old problem, the government should not create new problems. “We thank the prime minister and Congress president for their decision to carve out Telangana state but we appeal to them not to hurt sentiments of Telangana people,” he said.
He pointed out Telangana has only Hyderabad while Seemandhra has many cities like Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Guntur and Tirupati. He advised Seemandhra leaders to demand the central government build them a separate capital.
Claiming that some Telangana districts had more people from Seemandhra than Hyderabad and they were part of Telangana society, KCR said unnecessary problems were being created in the name of security of those living in Hyderabad.
Asked about the proposed merger with Congress, the TRS chief said anything could be discussed after Telangana bill is passed by both houses of parliament.
Stating that TRS will continue its role as vanguard of Telangana, he wondered why TRS should merge with any other party when it fought for Telangana and its leaders had to face insults, abuse and false cases.
To another query on the same issue, he said after the process of formation of Telangana state is completed, the party would take an appropriate decision.