Congress sniffs Jagan role in Telangana fire డిసెంబర్ 15, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, bandh, Congress, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS, Y S Jagan.
Congress sniffs Jagan role in Telangana fire
New Delhi, December 14, 2009
The Congress high command will wait for the volatile situation in Andhra Pradesh to fizzle out before going ahead with the formation of Telangana, sources said on Sunday.
But saying the party high command would not take lightly the revolt by its leaders in the state, sources claimed the ‘mastermind’ of the political drama was Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, CM hopeful and the son of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Ruling out reports that the Centre would intervene and impose President’s Rule in the state, Congress sources said the party would respond to the wave of resignations of MPs and MLAs in opposition to Telangana “at the appropriate time”. They brushed aside fears of a constitutional crisis because of the resignations which put the K. Rosaiah government into minority and said the issue would be sorted out through talks with all the parties concerned.
A senior Congress leader maintained that the party, as well as chief Sonia Gandhi, could not go back on the decision to form Telangana without losing face.
“We were under the impression that there was consensus on the issue when the announcement was made, so these resignations have caught us by surprise. We will, however, work out a solution,” he said.
Congress leaders said the resignations was a slap in the face for the high command.
Guntur MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, who had initially said he did not oppose Telangana, did not help matters too. He upped the ante on Sunday by stating: “We did not expect Sonia to give Telangana.
She has betrayed our trust.” Congressmen said such a revolt was a first in their party and the high command would neither take it lightly nor let the nay-sayers go scot free. “Sonia will not give in to such tactics. We feel that if the situation continues to be out of hand, the resignations of a few MLAs will be accepted and all the rest will immediately fall in line, as no one wants to lose power,” a leader said.
But Congressmen, both in New Delhi and in Hyderabad, are quite clear that the force behind the entire “resignation drama” was Jagan Mohan Reddy, for he wanted to show his clout and get the national leadership to replace Rosaiah with him.
“All these events are just match-fixing and Jagan is behind all of it. He thinks he can become CM and convince Telangana proponents to go back on their demand by using his father, YSR’s legacy. But he miscalculated and now, the movement has gone out of his hands as well,” another senior Congress leader said.