Monday, January 26, 2009

Maoist's letter to TRS MLA causes stir among Andhra Oppn

Hyderabad, Jan 26: A letter purportedly written by a Maoist leader to Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA T Harish Rao, asking him to revolt against his party chief and maternal uncle K Chandrasekhar Rao in case the party joined the Grand Alliance of TDP-Left, has caused a stir among the main opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh.

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"I haven't received any letter. So I can't comment anything on the issue," Harish Rao said here today.

CPM state secretary B V Raghavulu said that they could not treat the letter as "genuine" as it was not written to the TRS party. "It was allegedly written to an individual, which gives no credence even if the Maoists had any reservations over the TRS joining the Grand Alliance," Raghavulu pointed out.

He said the Congress was adept at carrying out such amazing acts since it was the only party that would be happy if TRS stayed away from the Grand Alliance.

Even CPI state secretary K Narayana maintained a similar view and said the veracity of the letter has to be established.

The letter was reportedly written by Maoist Andhra-Orissa Border Committee member Sudarshan alias Sriramulu Srinivas to TRS MLA Harish Rao on January 17.

Sudarshan is currently lodged in the Charlapalli central prison here. The letter came to light only on Sunday when a Telugu news channel flashed it. The TRS leaders, in fact, denied yesterday itself having received any letter in the first place.

The Maoist leader allegedly asked Harish Rao to "revolt" against his maternal uncle and party chief KCR in case the TRS joined the Grand Alliance of TDP-Left.

"TDP president Chandrababu Naidu is an agent of the capitalist forces. He is a stauch opponent of Telangana. Both the TDP and the Congress have betrayed the people of the region for decades," Sudarshan reportedly said in the letter.

The TDP, Congress and CPI, CPM could be trounced if all pro-Telangana forces came together. Hence, the TRS would be committing a grave error if it joined the so-called Grand Alliance, the Maoist leader warned.

However, what caused suspicion about the genuineness of the letter is the language used by the writer. Sudarshan reportedly remarked that the CPI and the CPM were resorting to "political prostitution" by allying with the TDP.

"This kind of language was used only by the Congress against us. And going by the circumstances, only the Congress will be happy if TRS indeed stays away from the Grand Alliance as the ruling party is desperate to re-align with the pro-Telangana party. Hence, the letter should be the handiwork of the Congress," a Left party leader observed.

On its part, the Telugu Desam Party too brushed aside the letter and said nothing could come in the way of the TRS joining the "Grand Alliance."

"Once certain issues of contention are resolved, the Grand Alliance will take full shape with all the four parties," a TDP politburo member felt.

Bureau Report

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