Cong admits differences with TRS over Telangana

Hyderabad, March 24 | Updated: Mar 25 2005, 05:30am hrs
There are differences in perception between the ruling Congress and its coalition partner Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on the issue of Telangana statehood, Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy admitted on Thursday.

We fought the elections together and we are now together in the government. But it does not mean that we share similar views on all issues, he said.

Stating that every political party was entitled to take its own stand on the issue, he said only history would tell whether a Telangana state would become a reality or AP would remain united.

The chief minister was intervening during a heated debate in the House on irregularities in the implementation of government order Number 610 pertaining to jobs for local youths in Telangana.

Appealing to political parties to maintain restraint while airing their views on a sensitive issue like Telangana, he said his governments ultimate objective was to ensure equal development of all regions.

Pointing out that TRS was formed with the sole aim of achieving statehood for the region, Mr Reddy said, They (TRS) have their own views and we have ours. There is nothing wrong on the part of TRS to try to achieve their goal.