Hyderabad: As in previous years, the TRS did not celebrate December 9, the day the Centre first announced statehood for Telangana in 2009. “There is no sanctity to this day. The Centre backtracked and reversed everything on December 23, 2009. Telangana was formed due to the struggle of the TRS and the people and not by Congress people,” said TRS Nizamabad MP Kalwakuntla Kavitha.
Speaking to this newspaper, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said, “It is ridiculous to celebrate Telangana formation on December 9. Let the Congress do what it wants, but there is no connection between this day and state formation.” “The Centre had reversed the announcement, which led to unrest and several youth committed suicide. How can the Congress mark the day.” he said.