Panchayat Raj K Jana Reddy and Rajya Sabha MP K Keshava Rao on Wednesday issued a joint appeal to leaders in the Telangana region to suspend their agitation demanding statehood for a brief period.
Talking to reporters at his residence, Jana Reddy said that Congress leader Vanama Raghavendra Rao and CPI leader Sambasiva Rao were on an indefinite fast in Khammam district demanding statehood for the Telangana region. He said Raghavendera Rao has lost about seven kilograms of weight since October 14. He appealed to both the leaders to end the fast immediately.
Keshava Rao said that the leaders or activists should not harm themselves in the name of Telangana agitation. Therefore, the both the leaders of Khammam district should call off their indefinite fast. He said that the senior Congress leaders were busy giving final touches to the next course of action to be taken to achieve separate Telangana. Therefore, he asked the leaders to hold their agitation for a few days.
The Rajay Sabha MP said that he would be visiting the national capital on Thursday and once he returns, he would disclose the protest plan that the Telangana Congress Steering Committee has discussed and finalised. He said the agitation would be taken up in a more planned manner and two leaders from each district would be spearheading the same.
Meanwhile, Jana Reddy clarified that all the allegations being made against him were baseless. He also refuted the media reports criticising his statements asking for withdrawal of general strike. Stating that he was not hurt due to the criticism, he requested the Telangana leader to re-think before they comment anything about him. (INN)