Srinivas Quits Congress to Join TRS

  • Strive to Make KCR’S BangaruTelangana a Reality

HYDERABAD: The former APCC President Srinivas on Thursday asserted that he had resigned from the Congress to join the TRS, “as my conscience wanted me to strive for empowerment of the weaker sections and backward classes” in the new state of Telangana.

Addressing a media conference, Srinivas reiterated that he would continue to hold in high esteem the AICC President Sonia Gandhi for all her support and encouragement for his growth in his political life.

Srivinas, who had sent his resignation letter last night to Sonia Gandhi, had explained the circumstances that led to him to take such a “painful decision” to quit the party, with which has been associated for nearly five decades. There is no denial of the fact that it was Sonia Gandhi who had helped pave way for the creation of a separate Telangana, while it is Chandrasekhar Rao, who had strived to make it a reality, he told the media.

Reminding that he too in his own way had contributed for the formation of Telangana State, Srinivas pointed out that he was the one, as the then Congress deputy leader in the Assembly, who in a marathon debate had explained the imperative need and urgency for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to enable the creation of the Telangana State.

Srinivas further said that it is undoubtedly Rao, who had ensured that the new state was carved out with his relentless struggle and sacrifice, and thus, deserves all credit for the same. Rao has been working with conviction and commitment to develop the state into Bangaru Telangana, and I too wanted to extend my support, cooperation and contribution to make this a reality, and hence decided to join the TRS, he added.

Replying to a volley of questions from the media, Srinivas repeatedly declared that he was not after power or position, some Congress leaders were alleging. He said his sole objective and goal was to ensure the uplift of the weaker sections and make Bangaru Telangana a reality.

He also refuted the charge that he was sore with the Congress High Command for denying him MLC ticket, and instead his junior leader was selected.“What is an MLC post? It is inconsequential. I had issued over 200 MLC tickets to many. The post is not that mattered. It is my self-respect,” he thundered and regretted that senior Congress leaders from the state and also from New Delhi were weaving baseless stories against him.

Taking a strong objection to the criticism and allegation that his joining the TRS was seeped in political opportunism, Srinivas pointed out that if he was hankering for power and running after some position then my joining the TRS could be termed me as opportunistic. “But, I am not after power or position, as I am politically contended,” he pointed out.

He further explained that another reason for him to say adieu to Congress Party was that it was not functioning in tune with the changed circumstances. The neighboring AP Government was creating unnecessary problems and hurdles to the day to day functioning of the Telangana Government. And at this stage all political parties, irrespective of their ideologies, should come together in support of the Telangana Government in its fight against the Machiavellian mechanisms of the AP Government, he pointed out and regretted that the Congress leadership in the State had utterly failed in this aspect.

Srinivas further said that as a matter of fact he had faced lot of humiliations in the past, but he had never opened his mouth. He only brought these things to the notice of Sonia Gandhi. Even now, I do not want to indulge any mudslinging against Congress while leaving the party, he explained. Asked about speculations regarding many other Congress leaders following his footsteps, he evaded a direct answer with a broad smile.

In reply to a question regarding revoking of Section 8 of the AP Reorganization Act, Srinivas said that all he had said was that the present situation did not warrant any such action, as the people of Seemandhra were living peacefully and happily in Hyderabad.

“As a matter of fact, I want to work as a watchdog for security and safety of the Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad,” he observed. (NSS)

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