Regional faultline revived once again in AP Congress ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Congress, elections, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Sonia, suicide, Telangana.
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‘T’ issue divides Andhra Cong again
Subodh Ghildiyal, TNN, Aug 3, 2010
NEW DELHI: Congress’s washout in Telangana bypolls and Jaganmohan Reddy’s ‘odarpu’ yatra have revived regional faultlines in the party’s Andhra Pradesh unit.
Congress MPs from Telangana and non-Telangana regions met separately on Tuesday night to hammer out future strategy to force their demand. While the embattled region feels that bypoll debacle can be used as credible evidence to impress upon the leadership that statehood is the dominant sentiment in Telangana, the other regions wants to scuttle the possibility.
The meetings, held at the residences of Rajya Sabha MP Keshava Rao and Lok Sabha MP K S Rao, revived memories of the vertical division in Andhra unit after UPA’s U-turn on its December 9 announcement for creation of Telangana.
In what appeared like forcing the party hand on the issue, Telangana MPs in a late evening appeal assured the region that Sonia Gandhi would not go back on her word for statehood. “Our leader is committed to Telangana and we urge the students to not commit suicides,” MP Poonnam Prabhakar said.
As the other group also met, the Telangana bunch may ask the leadership to bar Union ministers from attending such meetings. Pallam Raju, Purandeshwari and Panabaka Lakshmi hail from the anti-statehood regions.
It may revive a bitter division in Andhra Congress on regional lines, not good news for the party which hoped that creation of Srikrishna panel to look into the issue had defused the situation for good.
The TRS gambit of forcing bypolls has paid off as Congress was routed in 12 assembly seats, with TRS sweeping 11 and ally BJP winning one.
The Telangana unit is despondent as leaders argue that Congress has no hope in the region without statehood and may try to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Congress also appears to be badly trapped on the Jaganmohan front. While the young MP from Kadapa has lately stopped talking about chief ministership, he has undertaken `odarpu’ yatra despite advice to the contrary from the leadership.
The presence of 28 MLAs at the culmination of his yatra is a tricky development. The party felt it had warded off the threat of MLAs veering towards Jaganmohan by issuing an advisory against doing so and by suspending APCC general secretary Ambati Rambabu who had spoken in favour of `odarpu’.