December 14, 2009 1:46:16 pm
Maoist leader Kishenji has said Hyderabad is an integral part of the Telangana region and the city should be made the capital of the new state when it comes into being.
Hyderabad is a part of Telangana and will stay so. There is no question of disassociating Hyderabad from Telangana, Kishenji,who hails from the region,which has a substantial Naxal presence,said over phone from an undisclosed location on Saturday evening.
Asked why there was so much controversy over Hyderabad,Kishenji said: It is because of some retired and serving bureaucrats who own huge chunks of land in the Greater Hyderabad region.
Nearly 40,000 acres of land,a large portion of which have vineyards,are in the hands of some retired and present bureaucrats, Kishenji said.
The Maoist leader expressed support for the creation of Telangana and accused the Congress of depriving people of the region of their legitimate rights by backtracking from its move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
Kishenji alleged the Congress does not want to create a separate state of Telangana and is therefore creating disturbances in the state.
This is not the first time the Congress is going back on its word,the Maoist leader said,adding: It had denied the people of Vidarbha a separate state earlier.
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