Sonia unmoved by anti- Telangana stir డిసెంబర్ 21, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, Congress, Economy, Identity, Mulki, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Y S Jagan.
Sonia unmoved by anti-Telangana stir Kay Benedict
New Delhi, December 20, 2009
Undeterred by the protests against the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi appears to be firm on creating a separate Telangana state.
The party brass is weighing various long and short-term options to resolve the tangle, like replacing chief minister K. Rosaiah. He could make way for someone like union urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy.
Reddy’s USP is that he may be acceptable to both the pro and anti-Telangana groups. He belongs to Telangana and his name carries the right tag in the Reddy-dominated Andhra Pradesh politics. However, Rosaiah will be removed only if the situation gets worse.
Reddy’s name has been doing the rounds since September when Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy died. But the high command opted for Rosaiah.
The situation has since taken a dramatic and disturbing turn. Party insiders are not sure if Rosaiah will be able to handle the budget session of the assembly beginning in the middle of February.
The winter session was adjourned sine die due to unprecedented turmoil triggered by non-Telangana legislators.
The assessment in party circles is that despite stray incidents, the anti-Telangana stir is gradually losing steam. Leaders of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are coming around and even jockeying for power in the event of a bifurcation.
The party feels that the Telangana issue has brought two blessings in disguise. Firstly, it has considerably weakened TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu. Secondly, it has also cut to size Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the Kadapa MP and son of the late chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy.
Jagan’s support base has now shrunk. Most of the 52-odd MLAs from the Telangana region, who had backed Jagan after his father’s death, have turned now against him for his united Andhra Pradesh stand.
In the meantime, party troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee has firmly told MPs and MLAs opposed to Telangana to stop their campaign. “Resign from the assembly if you want to agitate,” they were apparently told.
Courtesy: Mail Today