TRS threatens to boycott Telangana meet on January 6 జనవరి 2, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Identity, movement, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Chidambaram, KCR, Srikrishna
TRS chief threatens to boycott Telangana meet
CNN-IBM, Updated Jan 02, 2010
New Delhi: TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said he will not attend the January 6 meeting called by the Central Government in Delhi if two representatives from each party are called.
He said two opinions from each party will only complicate the matters.
The Srikrishna Committee looking into the formation of a separate state of Telengana submitted its report to the Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 30.
Chidambaram had said the report will be made public after consultation with eight political parties in the state on January 6.
The ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is split vertically on its support for a new state. It has 21 MPs from the Andhra-Rayalseema region and 12 from the Telengana region. The state accounts for 33 MPs.
The 12 Telengana MPs are under pressure to quit. Andhra MPs are agitating for a united state, worried about losing out on the rich telangana areas. The congress’ official position is that it favours small states but with a national consensus. Unofficially, the Congress is worried that there will be a rise in similar demands for smaller states like Gorkhaland and Harit Pradesh.
The TRS cheif has found fault with Chidambaram for inviting two representatives from each party. He said two opinions from each party will only complicate matters and also said that he will not attend January 6 meet in Delhi if two representatives from each party are called.
“I would like to request Chidambaram to invite only one representative from each party to tell the party opinion. That is the right way of getting information. This (calling two representatives) is not the way. This is only to delay the issue, drag the issue and complicate the issue. If the Government of India itself wants to complicate the issue, we can’t help it and we can’t attend such a meeting,” said TRS chief
This is a strategic political move by the TRS. TRS has also accused the Central Government of dragging the feet on Telangana issue and this time again the TRS statement is being perceived as something that will hasten the Government to initiate steps to create a separate state.
At the state level this statement also meant to put major parties like Telegu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress in a tight spot as the parties are divided over the Telangana issue.
These parties have not come up with one stand yet as one section within the parties’ demand separate state while other wants to remain united. So, it has become extremely difficult for the parties like the Congress and TDP to come up with one stand. This is why the Central Government in fact is calling two representatives from each party. So, Chandrasekhar Rao is trying to push the Congress to yet another corner with this statement.
It is now to see how the Congress and the Central Government react to this statement. Though Chandrashekar Rao is known for his arm-twisting tactics, the threat of boycott is still there for now and we have to wait and watch to see what happens on January 6