Telangana the 29th state: Sonia’s gift for Rahul? డిసెంబర్ 12, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, BJP, compromise, Congress, Economy, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Sonia’s 2014 vision for son?
GS Vasu 12 Dec 2009 12:59:14 PM IST
HYDERABAD: What are the factors that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would have considered before giving the nod for Wednesday’s midnight announcement in favour of creating a separate Telangana State? If party insiders are to be believed, it was not so much to placate fasting TRS leader K Chandrasekhara Rao as to ensure the Congress gets a good number of Lok Sabha seats in 2014 polls when Rahul Gandhi intends to assume the high office.
‘‘I have taken the decision in national interest,’’ Sonia reportedly told worried party MPs from the coastal region who called on her in the last couple of days. National interest should be read as Rahul becoming prime minister.
Now that YS Rajasekhara Reddy is no more, Sonia would not be oblivious to the fate of the Congress in the next polls. Though a good administrator, Chief Minister K Rosaiah is no mass leader and the chances of Congress doing even reasonably well are bleak, forget retaining 33 MPs that it currently has.
Given this scenario, Sonia seems to think separation is the best course. Chandrasekhar Rao has already declared that the TRS would merge with the Congress whenever the State is created and that would help her win a majority of the 19 MP seats in Telangana, she feels. Thanks to its flip-flop, the Telugu Desam, which first favoured separation only to retract now, would see its base eroded in the region.
On the other hand, leaders of the coastal region, who are opposing separation, are also blaming the TDP for the current situation. Their logic is that the Congress would not have come forth with such a statement but for the Telugu Desam’s earlier support for separate Telangana and they may not take kindly to the manner in which Chandrababu Naidu handled the whole issue.
As far as coastal region is concerned, Sonia appears to be banking on the support of Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam, which like the TRS, would be more than willing to merge with the Congress.
Apart from all this, the Congress chief believed that separating the State would also silence a section of the Congress which continues to harbour the hope that some day YSR’s heir, Jagan Mohan Reddy, would be made the chief minister. But, where Sonia has apparently gone wrong is the timing — doing it around midnight — and without preparing her own partymen about what she intends to do. And that’s the reason for the reaction which has come in the form of resignations and bandhs giving one the feeling that the State would be split in a month or two. However, that is unlikely to happen and the Congress chief would buy as much time as possible to time T close to the 2014 polls and the period from now till then would be utilised to set up commissions and address the grievances of people of coastal and Rayalaseema.
Whether the plan works as she expects is anybody’s guess. Given this scenario, Sonia seems to think separation is the best course. Chandrasekhar Rao has already declared that the TRS would merge with the Congress whenever the State is created and that would help her win a majority of the 19 MP seats in Telangana, she feels. Thanks to its flip-flop, the Telugu Desam, which first favoured separation only to retract now, would see its base eroded in the region.