With Rajya Sabha clearing the Telangana Bill, caution gave way to celebrations in Telangana region Thursday.
“What happened today would be written in golden letters in history books. I congratulate people of Telangana for the sacrifices they made in their struggle to achieve a separate state. I dedicate this to the people of Telangana,” Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao said. As soon as the Bill was passed, both the TRS and the Telangana Congress tried to claim credit for the creation of 29th state.
Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, who hails from Chevalla, said it was solely because of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that a separate state could be created.
Rao, however, said the credit should go to the TRS. “When I was an MP from Karimnagar, I wanted to give Telangana people the gift of Telangana state. After I was elected as an MP from Mahbubnagar, I have been able to achieve this. I thank my party MLAs who resigned from their positions as and when I asked them to. Students, employees, advocates, doctors, the whole society participated in this movement and they are equally responsible. Of course, without Sonia Gandhi, it would not have been possible. I thank the four crore people of Telangana for making this possible,” he said.
Rao said Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad have no reason to worry. “We are all human beings, whether we are from Telangana or Seemandhra. I assure people of Seemandhra they have no reason to worry. They can live happily in Hyderabad or any other part of Telangana,” he said.
The party leadership is expected to meet Friday morning to decide whether or not to merge with Congress, as was earlier promised by the TRS. “Rao and some senior leaders will decide the issue Friday or next week. It is possible we may go for a post-poll alliance rather than a pre-poll merger,” a senior TRS leader said.