Hyderabad: From taking birth at Jala Drushyam on the banks of Hussainsagar two decades ago to Telangana Bhavan in the upmarket Banjara Hills, the journey of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was tough but it ensured accomplishment of the people’s dream of statehood for Telangana, party leaders and delegates participating in the ruling party’s plenary said.
The delegates were both emotional and elated at taking part in the plenary organised to mark the 20 years of the formation of the party. “The TRS has now reached a stage where Chief Minister and party’s founder president K Chandrashekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the party office in the national capital. It’s really a proud moment for us,” K Raju, an activist from Mahamutharam mandal near Kaleshwaram told Telangana Today.
In these 20 years, TRS has seen many ups and downs and rulers of undivided Andhra Pradesh humiliated the party and its leaders stating statehood for Telangana would never become a reality, but the statehood movement led by Chandrashekhar Rao proved all of them wrong, another delegate said, recalling the many tough moments including police cases booked against them during the movement and repression from opposition parties in undivided AP.
As part of the movement, the activists said they took part in public meetings, ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ (all peoples strike) rail rokos, bandhs, demonstrations, Vanta-Varpu (cooking on the roads) and Million March on Tank Bund among other programmes called for by the party. “The journey was difficult but finally the party realised the dream of Telangana people,” said D Kumar from Kalwakurthi. The activists also recalled the Telangana martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the separate State.
Many activists said folk artistes too played a crucial role in keeping the spirit of the agitators high during the movement. With their songs, they explained the negligence faced by Telangana in all sectors especially irrigation and jobs, and their services cannot be forgotten, Kumar said, adding that all the pains of those years had paid off with Telangana achieving statehood. “All is well that ends well,” Raju said, who went on to list out the achievements of the State in the past seven years.
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