Having once promised to merge his TRS with the Congress if Telangana is formed, K Chandrasekhara Rao Monday justified his decision not to do so. The assurance, he said, had been based on the promise that the state would be created last year itself. Some of the reasons KCR cited after a six-hour party meeting:
* Last year I told the Congress that if Telangana is created with a bill passed in September, the TRS would merge with the Congress. But that did not happen then and now we are under no obligation to merge.
* The Congress never took us into confidence when they started the process. We were not taken on board when the bill was drafted. None of our suggestions was accepted. We wanted Telangana without any conditions. We oppose the appointment of a governor to oversee law and order in the new state. We oppose the merger of villages of Khammam with Seemandhra.
* We requested special status for Telangana along with that for Seemandhra; this too was ignored. Another issue that upsets us is the decision to grant Hyderabad House to Seemandhra. It is our hereditary property. We wanted AP Bhavan; even that was not accepted. Comments by Jairam Ramesh also hurt.
* Everyone knows no single party will form the next government at the Centre. It will be a coalition and we want to be a part of it, irrespective of who leads it... The sharing of water, power, revenues... between Telangana and Seemandhra will be decided only after the elections. We want to be in a position to be able to demand and get our rightful share. There is also a feeling that Telangana needs its own voice, a powerful political voice, which only the TRS can provide.