Making a serious comment that could spark fresh controversy, Congress MLA DY Das alleged that the Telangana activists were acting like 'terrorist'.
Talking to reporters at the Congress Legislature Party office here on Tuesday, Das, who represents Pamarru assembly segment in Krishna district, said that the Telangana activists who have been targeting the public and private properties were no different from the terrorists. Referring the instances of bus burning and stone pelting, he said that the activists have been indulging in violent acts to instil fear among the Seemandhra people.
Stating that violence would not solve any problems, Das asked the Telangana activists to change the way they are agitating for the statehood. Appealing the Telangana employees to end the general strike, he hailed those who have withdrawn the strike and joined duties.
Congress MLC P Venkat Rao too tried to trigger a controversy by suffixing the name of Telangana Political Joint Action Committee chairman Prof M Kodandaram as 'Kodandaram Reddy'. When he was told by reporters that the professor himself has given up his surname long back, he did not listen and continued to call him 'Kodandaram Reddy'.
Venkat Rao condemned Kodandaram's recent statement wherein he asked the Telangana activists to target Congress party in the region. Claiming that nobody could damage the Congress party, he said that Kodandaram was speaking in a violent tone and those words do not suit a professor. He alleged that Kodandaram was trying to create a rift between two Telugu speaking brothers.
In a separate press conference, AICC Secretary and MLC P Sudhakar Reddy also condemned Kodandaram's statement. He said that the Telangana agitation might have finished the Telugu Desam Party in the region, but the same would never happen with the Congress party. Asking Kodandaram not to speak against the Congress, he alleged that the Telangana agitation was moving without any direction.