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Goud resigns TDP – Telugu Desam splits for Telangana జూన్ 23, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in elections, Identity, politics, TDP, Telangana.

Devender Goud Resigns From TDP

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Senior TDP Leader Devender Goud, resigned from Telugu Desam Party today, giving all answers to the negligence shown on him, by TDP leaders including Chandrababu Naidu on the account of TDP support to Telangana Issue.Devender Goud Resigns From TDPIt will be a great loss for TDP, as Devender Goud is strong leader from the party in Telangana Region.

On the other hand TRS Leader Harish Rao, welcomes Devender Goud’s resignation, claiming it as Telangana’s victory.

Congress Senior party leader Venkataswamy also welcomed same, and even addressed, his party men may also do the same thing, if need arises to protest for Telangana.

Meanwhile PeddiReddy, other TDP Leader also followed Devender Goud’s footsteps.  Other TDP leaders Kadium Srihari and Gutta Sukhender Reddy from Telangana Region are hoping Chandrababu naidu may rethink his stand on Telangana issue, otherwise he may encounter same type of acts from them also.

It is known to everybody that Devender Goud is the only leader fighting for Telangana Cause in TDP from so many day, inspite of opposition from other region leaders.


Differences in TDP over Telangana issue come to fore


Hyderabad, June 10 (IANS) Differences once again came to the fore in the main opposition Telugu Desam Party over granting statehood to the Telangana region with those opposed to bifurcation of the state targeting the separate Telangana supporters within the TDP. Former minister T. Srinivas Yadav, who was elected from Secunderabad assembly constituency in the recent by-elections, Tuesday took a dig at senior leader T. Devender Goud for making certain comments on the issue.


Under pressure from a section of leaders to take a clear stand on the Telangana issue, the TDP had constituted a five-member committee in April to look into it.


As the first meeting of the committee is scheduled June 18, Goud, who is also member of the committee, said it could take a clear stand on the issue before the next year’s elections. He said he would also place his views before the committee.


“I will tell the committee what the region and its people expect from the party,” he said, dismissing speculations that he has no support in the committee.


Goud, who wants party to take a clear stand in favour of separate Telangana, also did not agree that the results of the recent by-elections to four Lok Sabha and 18 assembly constituencies indicated dilution of the Telangana sentiment. He said it was not proper to link the issue with the defeat of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).


“It is a five-decade-old movement for justice and it remains unresolved,” said Goud.

He termed as “personal view” the statement of Srinivas Yadav that he won the by-elections on “integration plan”.


Yadav hit back Tuesday to say that Goud’s comments on the issue were his “personal view”. He said those following personal agenda at the cost of party interests would not be spared by party.

Another senior TDP leader and former minister Y. Ramakrishnudu, who is also member of the committee, was also critical of Goud for voicing his views publicly.


The TDP has been opposed to bifurcation of the state. However, after it lost power in 2004 elections, its president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu stated that the party would take an “appropriate decision at an appropriate time”.


In recent months, a section of leaders from Telangana started demanding that the party leadership make its stand clear on the issue at the earliest.




Telangana issue: Opening Pandoras box

By Kancha Ilaiah


Deccan Herald, 30 January 2008


The Congress is stuck between electoral defeat in Telangana region and lack of unanimity within UPA.


The announcement by Veerappa Moily, the Congress-in-charge of Andhra Pradesh that the Centre would constitute a second State Reorganisation Committee (SRC) to look into the question of a separate state for the Telangana and Vidarbha regions and the bifurcation proposal of UP, has created a new wave of protests in Andhra Pradesh.
While many Telangana leaders, belonging to Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) threatened to resign their Assembly and Parliament seats, a senior minister from Ananthapur district – J C Diwakar Reddy – has demanded that in case of bifurcation of the state, Ananthpur district must be merged with Karnataka and Bellary district should be merged with Andhra Pradesh.

A section of Rayalaseema leaders  have demanded that a greater Rayalaseema state must be created with Nellore and Praksham be annexed to Rayalaseema. All these demands are being put forth only to complicate the separate Telangana issue. They are putting forth such demands only with a view that only the second SRC could look into everything – including the viability of Rayalaseema as a separate state.



The Congress standpoint has been that with due respect to the broad recommendations of the first SRC, a second SRC should be constituted. But the first SRC clearly stated that Telangana should remain a separate state. The coastal leadership at that time was of the opinion that only a “Vishalandhra” would create a viable linguistic state.
Since the overall stress was on creating viable linguistic states every other aspect was undermined in that process. The communist leadership, which conducted a major armed struggle under the leadership of P Sundaraiah, took up a massive campaign that a linguistic state of all regions must be formed.

Now the situation is completely different. Various political forces are supporting the separate Telangana demand and now the issue has reached a point where the Centre has to take a decision on the issue. While the CPM is still in favour of a unified state, almost all other parties have come around to the question of bifurcation. Though the TDP has not made its stand very clear, the leaders from Telengana are for a separate state.

T Devender Goud, the deputy opposition leader of the House, is for a separate state and any wavering position on this issue by the party’s president, N Chandrababu Naidu, will create problems within the party. In case of mass resignation of the Congress and TRS legislators and parliament members, even the TDP members will be forced to resign.

There is a deeper crisis in Congress than that what meets the eye as the senior Congress MP G Venkat Swamy has threatened to resign in the event of constituting a second SRC. Several other leaders from Congress are also willing to go along with him. In fact, Venkat Swamy has gone on record that Congress Working Committee (CWC) itself was toying with the idea of three states in Andhra Pradesh and formation of separate Telangana is a foregone conclusion. As a member of CWC, his version should be authentic.

The question of separate Telangana becomes more significant as UP chief minister Mayavati has also supported the demand for statehood and she said in a public meeting at Hyderbad on January 6 that if the BSP comes to power at the Centre, they would grant a separate Telangana state.

So the idea of smaller states is becoming more and more acceptable to various shades of political leadership, except to the left. The left parties are struck with very traditional ideas on every issue including that of abolition of caste and also on linguistic states.

However, many things are spilling out of their ideological boundaries. While the democratic parties change their stance on various issues based on political expediency the communist parties are very slow in responding to national and international dynamics. This kind of ideological ‘tortoiseness’ of the left is making them irrelevant on many questions of national importance.

The question of Telangana statehood is going to put the communist parties in a mess. Having sensed this, the CPI has changed its stance and is now saying that whatever decision that the Congress takes, at the UPA level, the CPI would not oppose it. But the CPM, as a major partner in the UPA, is saying that it would oppose the bifurcation of linguistic states, whatever the cost.

The Congress at the national level is stuck between electoral defeat in Telangana region (in the next election if Telangana statehood is not granted) and lack of unanimity within UPA on this question. But its problem is that if it loses in Andhra Pradesh it will not come to power at the Centre. Telangana becomes crucial for that reason.


Therefore, it chose the more broader position of constituting a second SRC and leaving that troublesome question to the Commission, thereby buying time too. But this proposal too got an expected opposition from the senior ranks from within. Other parties also want to use this to their advantage.


Where will the Congress go from here?


Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Jan302008/editpage2008012949287.asp




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