Include Sonia’s Role in Telangana Formation in the Textbooks: Congress

HYDERABAD: The APCC has strongly condemned non-inclusion of AICC president Sonia Gandhi’s role in the formation of Telangana State in the new State syllabus.

Talking to media at Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday, TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and Leader of the opposition in the Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said the chapter titled “The Movement for the formation of Telangana State” has been included in this year’s 10th class Social Studies textbook. However, the 14-page content contains praises only for Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Rashtra Samithi, they said.

“This is a fascist tendency and demonstrates autocratic and dictatorial attitude of Rao. Congress party will not tolerate this behavior,” Reddy said, adding that the Telangana movement was not confined to one individual and his party. He said there is also no specific mention of role played by the martyrs and the students.

Showing a video clipping, Shabbir Ali said on March 14 last year, while speaking on the floor of Legislative Council, Rao had not only admitted that Telangana State would not have been possible without Sonia Gandhi’s active role, but also assured to include her contribution in Telangana formation in the school syllabus.

Rao again backtracked on his assurance and ensured that there was no mention of Sonia Gandhi and Congress Party in the chapter on Telangana Movement. “This chapter is incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,” he alleged.

The Congress leaders reminded that the Congress had launched the Telangana movement much before the TRS came into existence. Congress leaders revived the statehood movement in 1999 itself. On August 11, 2000, a group of Congress MLAs met Sonia Gandhi and submitted a memorandum signed by 40 MLAs from the region to pledge the party’s support to the cause of statehood for Telangana. By forging an alliance with the TRS in 2004 elections, the Congress gave political identity to the movement, they said.

 Ali also reminded that Sonia Gandhi and Congress have made many sacrifices to grant statehood for Telangana. While all Congress MLAs resigned from their posts, the MPs stalled Parliament and were also suspended from the House. He said Sonia Gandhi gave Telangana, not due to Rao, but to stop more students from committing suicides. Sonia Gandhi gave Telangana despite knowing the fact that Congress would be wiped out from the Seemandhra region.

The Congress leaders demanded that the state government immediately revise the chapter by including the role played by all organizations and individuals in statehood movement, especially Sonia Gandhi and the Congress Party. They warned of widespread protest if same books are included in the syllabus.

Former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy, TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and other leaders were also present. (NSS)

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