Telangana leaders reactions on Azad’s statement

Pro-Telangana groups have reacted sharply to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement on Telangana issue, saying it once again “exposed” the party.

JAC convenor M. Kodandaram told reporters at Khammam Wednesday night that if the central government failed to make a favourable announcement by Jan 28, it would have serious consequences. He said the JAC would intensify the agitation to achieve Telangana state.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), whose leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao had walked out of the all-party meeting, said it stood vindicated. “We knew that the Congress will once again go back on its word and that is why we termed the meeting a futile exercise,” Rao said.

Another TRS leader, Shravan termed Azad’s remarks as “irresponsible” and said they were an insult to people of Telangana.

Osmania University Students’ Joint Action Committee has called for shutdown of all educational institutions in Telangana Thursday to protest Azad’s statement.

Azad’s statement came as a shock to Congress leaders from Telangana camping in the national capital. The leaders, including ministers and MPs, called on Azad to voice their unhappiness.

Madhu Yaskhi, MP from Nizamabad, told reporters after the meeting that only the decision was postponed and hoped that a positive decision would be made soon. He alleged that the decision was delayed due to the pressure from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra) leaders.