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Telangana Cong Leaders Attack CM Rosaiah

PTI 01 Jan 2010, 21:54:10 IST
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Friday came under attack from pro-Telangana Congress leaders over his handling of the political crisis in the state, who alleged that he was reporting to the Centre that naxalites were involved in the Telangana agitation. 

Congress Working Committee member K Keshav Rao criticised Rosaiah for not withdrawing "false" cases filed by police against students and other Telangana supporters. 

"The police cases should have been withdrawn by now as the Union Home minister had promised to do so," Keshav Rao said.

He alleged the chief minister was giving an impression that law and order was being handled by the Governor.

His comments come close on the heels of IT Minister K Venkata Reddy criticising the Chief Minister over his comments that maoists were involved in the Telangana agitation. 

He also told Rosaiah to behave like the Chief Minister of whole Andhra Pradesh and not only to coastal Andhra.

Senior Congress MLA R Damodar Reddy took exception to the complaint reportedly made by Rosaiah against Venkata Reddy.

"When the minister has already offered his resignation, does it really matter if you complain against him to the high command," Damodar Reddy asked.  The current crisis in the state could have been avoided had Rosaiah tabled a resolution in the assembly after the Centre made the announcement on December 9, Reddy said.

Reddy asked: "You (Rosaiah) neither introduced a resolution in the assembly nor issued a whip to the MLAs. Are you not responsible for this crisis by not tabling the resolution or issuing a whip." 

Rosaiah, however, received support from Health Minister D Nagender who said the criticisms were uncalled for. 

Several other ministers from non-Telangana regions also found fault with the IT minister for attacking the chief minister.

 Meanwhile, TRS MLA T Harish Rao alleged that the chief minister was hatching a conspiracy to remove Venkata Reddy from the Cabinet.

"The chief minister is adopting double standards. He complained to the high command against Venkata Reddy. But why he is silent on the leaders from non-Telangana regions who defied party high command," Harish Rao claimed. PTI