Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday demanded that the Seemandhra ministers who represented their point of view before the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee resign or apologise to the 4 crore people of Telangana region for allegedly calling them 'traitors'.
Talking to media persons, KCR thundered that chief minister K Rosaiah should prevail on the 16 ministers who submitted their representations before the Committee For Consultations On The Situation In Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP), to apologise. He added that if these ministers do not apologise, then Governor E S L Narasimhan should dismiss them from their posts.
Elaborating on his words, KCR said that a media report said that the ministers had told CCSAP Chairman Justice Srikrishna that people calling for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh were 'traitors'. He wondered if former President APJ Abul Kalam, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Chidambaram were also traitors in the eyes of these ministers since they had also supported bifurcation of the state at one time or the other.
KCR said that the Potti Sriramulu and Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy had fought to get Andhra separated from the erstwhile Madras Presidency. He questioned if the ministers were also terming these late leaders as traitors.
The TRS chief said that the 16 ministers had forgotten that they were representing the entire state and not just two regions. Their representation was against the interests of the people of the Telangana region, he added.
KCR said that his party and the TPJAC would organise a 'rasta roko' all over the region if the ministers do not apologise for their alleged remarks.
When questioned about Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu's outburst against him, KCR said that the former chief minister had suffered because of his 'two-eye' policy. He said that the Telangana people have opened their 'third eye' and wiped out the TDP from the region.
When asked to talk about the 'Praja Chaitanya Yatra' of Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi, the TRS chief said that he is not bothered about such 'small things'.