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Won't accept Telangana without Hyderabad: KCR's son

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Last updated on: December 10, 2009 08:35 IST

K T Rama Rao, son of Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, said late on Wednesday that moving a resolution in Andhra Pradesh assembly for creation of separate Telangana state was not enough and asked the Centre to introduce a bill in the Parliament for this.

He also said the TRS would not accept Telangana without the inclusion of Hyderabad in it.

"A resolution in the state assembly would not be sufficient to create a state," Rama Rao said adding "the real effort is to bring a bill in Parliament".

While welcoming Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement late on Wednesday evening that an appropriate resolution would be moved in the state assembly for creation of Telangana, Rama Rao hoped the Centre would introduce the bill in the Parliament.

He added that Hyderabad has been the capital of the region for the last 400 years and they would not accept a separate state without the city.

On whether his father would call off the fast-unto-death, Rama Rao said Chandrashekara Rao will positively respond to Chidambaram's statement.

"I believe Chandrashekar Rao is following it."

Asked if the TRS chief would withdraw his hunger strike on Wednesday night itself, his son said, "I think so because that was our demand and were are also looking forward to a time-bound framework in going forward with regard to introduction of a bill in the Parliament for creation of Telangana and other steps for going forward."

Bringing a resolution in the assembly would be a "positive move" and "we will certainly ask KCR to review his position on the fast as well. I'm sure KCR will break his fast very very soon", Rama Rao said.

Asked why he thought an assembly resolution for creation of Telangana was not sufficient, he said, "This is only a step forward. The real logical conclusion to this whole effort should be introduction of a bill in the Parliament."

He said Hyderabad has "never been in dispute" as "it has been the capital of Telangana for 400 years. We would not accept Telangana without Hyderabad".
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