NRI MP Madhu Yashki Goud
refused apologize to Chief Minister on Telangana issue
HYDERABAD, January 23, 2008
Few ministers in Andhra Pradesh, demand apology from AICC Secretary
and NRI MP Madhu Yashki Goud for their statement for accussing the
Chief Minister of scuttling the creation of a separate Telangana
state. It became a hot issue when the Chief Minister's interview
to a Telugu daily in which he ruled out formation of Telangana before
Mohammed Ali Shabbir and T Jeevan Reddy, both ministers said, "NRI
MP made controversial statements despite the Congress high command
asking the party leaders not to air their views in public. Yashki
lacked the stature to criticise the Chief Minister and he should
know his limits."
NRI MP Madhu Yashki refused to apologize and said, "I did
not make any personal attack on Rajasekhara Reddy but was only reflecting
the sentiments of the Telangana people.
War of words continues among Cong T-men
TRS workers attack minister's convoy, clash with Cong activists
By R Avadhani
Hyderabad, Jan 23: The Telangana issue is becoming murkier by the
day. If it was the senior leaders, who had a field day yesterday,
today it was the turn of ministers from the region who appear to
have determined to show the seniors their place.
In a related development, T-demand took a violent turn and spilled
onto the streets at Siddipet in Medak district with TRS activists
trying to attack the convoy of Cooperation Minister Mohd Fareeduddin
and ending up clashing with Congress workers.
In the State capital, as Energy Minister Mohd Ali Shabber sounded
a warning to the `detractors,' the Telangana Regional Development
Board chairman V Purushotham Reddy felt the Telangana movement has
reached a ``now or never'' stage.
Addressing a press conference here, Shabber found fault with CWC
member G Venkataswamy, MP Madhu Yashki Goud and Purushottam Reddy
for their remarks against Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy. ``The
senior leaders are damaging the interests of the party. We do not
tolerate if anyone harms the interests of the party for their personal
agenda,'' he warned.
The Minister also demanded that Madhu Yashki Goud withdraw his
comments against the Chief Minister and an tender apology. ``Being
the mentor of Madhu, I advise him to withdraw his comments or face
the wrath of people of Nizamabad,'' he said.
At a separate press conference, Roads and Buildings Minister T Jeevan
Reddy recalled how the senior leader surrendered before the party
high command after raising the issue in 1969. ``Venkataswamy went
on record saying many times that carving out T-State is not immediately
possible and UPA, being a coalition government, has its own limitations,''
he pointed out.
While claiming that he is also a pro-Telangana activist, the Minister,
however, said it is not that easy to carve out Telangana.
But, an unfazed Purushottam Reddy said that it is `now or never'
for Telangana. ``We will discuss the matter with Sonia Gandhi and
if there is no chance of formation of Telangana, I will quit,''
Reacting sharply to Shabber's demand, Madhu said that there is
no question of apologising as he never said anything against the
Chief minister. ``I fail to understand why the Chief Minister gave
the interview to a vernacular daily when the party high-command
has clapmed a ban on party leaders talking to media on the T-issue,''
Meanwhile, the proposed meeting of junior MLAs from the region
at the residence of Nalgonda MLA K Venkat Reddy has been cancelled
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