Hyderabad/New Delhi: Congress on Friday said Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had no role in getting separate statehood for the region, where only a few families are prospering.
"Neither K Chandrashekar Rao nor his party Telangana Rashtra Samithi had any role in bringing separate statehood for Telangana," Congress General Secretary and leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here.
"It was the Congress that fulfilled the long-pending wish of people of Telangana," Azad said.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event to celebrate AICC president Sonia Gandhi's birthday organised by its cadres from Telangana, Azad said, "Telangana is not witnessing any development, but just a section of families is developing."
Commenting on chances of TRS' merging with a national party, Azad said, "It is an old development. Whatever it is, i'm sure in the next parliament or assembly election people of Telangana will realise meagre role of TRS and vote for the Congress."
Rapolu Ananda Bhaskar, Rajya Sabha MP from Telangana, the organiser of the celebrations, said, "People of Telangana have in mind that it is because of the efforts of Congress President Sonia Gandhi that Telangana was able to become a separate state. As a mark of gratitude around 100 Congress cadres from Telangana have marched to the capital for celebrating Gandhi's birthday.