‘Telangana is on the boil, patience is running out’

Senior Congress MP K Keshava Rao tells Kunal Majumder that his party has made mistakes in tackling the statehood issue

How did you end up at the same press conference as BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who went on to attack the Central government on the Telangana issue?

It was an all-party meeting that the Delhi Telangana Joint Action Committee had organised to which I was invited. Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present.

You attacked P Chidambaram for flip-flopping on the issue. Doesn’t targeting a Congress minister in the presence of a senior Opposition leader amount to party indiscipline?

Recently, in his reply to Sushma Swaraj, the home minister said that the Congress has never taken a stand on Telangana. So I wanted to remind him; what is the meaning of the Congress Working Committee resolution? What about the Congress manifesto? What about the UPA Common Minimum Programme? What about the presidential address? What about the government resolution passed in the AP Assembly? What about his statement on 9 December? He can say he is facing some problems but how can he say that the Congress never took any stand on the issue? I have lost face in both Telangana and Andhra regions.

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