T activists hail Rajanarasimha
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha has emerged as the king after he gave the presentation for a separate Telangana...
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha has emerged as the king after he gave the presentation for a separate Telangana State at the Congress Core Group meeting on Friday evening. Soon after the meeting, Telangana activists mobbed him and applied Vijay Tilak on his forehead and presented him with a turban and a sword. The Deputy Chief Minister said that he brought to the notice of the top brass the problems and difficulties and the hopes and aspirations of Telangana people in his presentation and said a decision will be taken very soon. High drama marked the hectic activity through the day, as rival camps went into a huddle. The rival camps lobbied in the Capital, ahead of the crucial Congress Core Group meeting. Former AICC Secretary P Sudhakar Reddy met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and explained the situation on the formation of Telangana. At the residence of former APCC President V Hanumanth Rao, Andhra Pradesh Ministers, MLAs and MPs gathered and the meeting was attended by Union Science & Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy. Later, they all met AICC General Secretary incharge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh. After meeting Digvijay Singh, Andhra Pradesh Ministers D K Aruna, Geetha Reddy and Sunita Lakshma Reddy insisted that any decision has to be only in favour of Telangana. D K Aruna said, "We have faith in Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Once she has made a commitment, she will certainly deliver on it. Telangana is a pending demand. It is a commitment of the Congress and it will be implemented." Geetha Reddy said that during their meeting, Digvijay Singh described himself merely as a facilitator. He promised to present their viewpoint to the party leadership. Madhu Yashki warned the Seemandhra leaders against playing the resignations card. He exuded the confidence that the Congress High Command would not cow down before any threats of resignations. He said those, who have risen because of the Congress party cannot now turn against it and try to threaten it. Sooner they realise, the better, he said. Venkat Parsa