Telangana is a matter of time – KTR ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, cinema, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, KTR, movement, Mulki, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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12 Feb, 2011, Sreekala G, ET Bureau
‘Telangana just a matter of time’
He is the typical new age politician – young, suave and articulate. He served the corporate sector for a while before taking a plunge into politics. However, when it comes to his ideology, Andhra Pradesh legislator K T Rama Rao, also the son of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, is clear that his party wants nothing short of a separate Telangana.
“The question is not if Telangana is formed; but when Telangana is formed. It may even take a while before the Telangana state is formed, but the fight will go on till a solution is found. No matter who leads it, the demand for statehood has been on the agenda for over four decades now. Telangana has enough leaders to rule the state. Even the Srikrishna committee says as a separate state Telangana is a viable option,” he says.
KTR, as he known, also makes it clear that he does not nurture any ambition of becoming the chief minister of Telangana. He reckons it is premature to talk about inheriting his father’s legacy. “First, a separate state has to be formed. Second, the TRS has to be in majority. K Chandrasekhar Rao has made it clear that he does not want to become the chief minister. There is no legacy to be inherited here. When the TRS bags the mandate, we will decide who should become the chief minister and who should lead the party,” says KTR.
The TRS has now set up an expert panel to spot errors in the Srikrishna committee report. The panel will come up with its findings in two weeks. “The party’s stand is based on the fact that the report does not talk in absolute terms. It talks in terms of percentages. If you talk in percentage terms, even a marginal improvement in any region that has been backward traditionally will get blown out of proportion. It does not mean development in the region has been stupendous.”
KTR claims that the Srikrishna report has made some blatant errors. It said Andhra Pradesh had six chief ministers from the Telangana region and they served for eight years. Fact is, there were only four chief ministers from Telangana and they served only for six years.
The TRS, once an ally of the United Progressive Alliance, is quite vocal now in criticising the Congress party rule in the state. “The state is under a weak rule. After Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s demise, there is really no leader in the Congress who has the credentials to steer the party. Any commoner in the street knows that Andhra Pradesh is run by the Governor and not a puppet, Kiran Kumar Reddy, foisted by the high command. But if the chief minister thinks he is smart enough to hoodwink the people of Telangana and divert attention in the name of welfare schemes, he’s mistaken,” says KTR.