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Massive agitation in sight as congress plans autonomous regional council for Telangana
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad, August 19, 2012
The Congress high command is mulling over the proposal of constituting an autonomous Telangana Regional Council a solution to the contentious Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. Having realized that the indecisiveness in taking a decision on the Telangana demand has cost the party heavily in the state, the Congress leadership is understood to be working on the proposal for autonomous regional council for Telangana, on the lines of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which has recently transformed into Gorkhaland Territorial Administration with considerable autonomy for the local tribes.
An empowered Telangana regional council is part of the sixth option recommended by the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee in December 2010 as the best way forward on the Telangana issue. According to the committee, the regional council would be equipped with adequate funds, functions and functionaries. It would be headed by a legislator with cabinet rank and would provide a legislative consultative mechanism for subjects like planning and economic development, water and irrigation, education, skill development and vocational education, local administration and public health.
It would implement the sub-plan for the Telangana region and would be served by its own secretariat headed by an officer of the level of additional chief secretary in the state who would report to the chairman of the council. Sources in the Congress party said the proposal for Telangana regional council would be thrown open for negotiations with all the stake holders, including Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is spearheading the agitation for separate statehood in the region.
“The proposal would be suggested only as an “ad hoc” solution for the vexed issue to end political uncertainty. The option of granting statehood to Telangana would continue to be on the agenda of the UPA and it would continue to strive to evolve a political consensus on the same,” sources said.The Congress leadership is under tremendous pressure from party leaders from both the Telangana and Seemandhra (as Andhra and Rayalaseema regions together are referred to) to take an early decision on the state bifurcation issue to end the imbroglio. The Seemandhra leaders are asking the high command to declare that the state would remain united since the Telangana sentiment has subsided to a large extent.
On the other hand, the Telangana leaders want the leadership to announce the formation of Telangana state, if the party has to survive at least in this region and checkmate YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. Interestingly, even the Telugu Desam Party has decided to reiterate its stand to support the formation of Telangana.Under these circumstances, the Congress leadership is of the view that the regional council proposal would be a sort of face saving option for the party, since without giving any commitment on the Telangana issue, it would have to bite the dust in the elections as was proved in the recent by-elections in the region. “Thus, the Congress party can go to the next general elections with a promise to grant separate Telangana at a later stage, if the regional council mechanism does not work out,” a senior Congress leader said.However, it is unlikely that the Telangana groups would accept the regional council proposal.
A section of the TRS leaders including senior MLA and KCR’s nephew T Harish Rao, strongly resisted any such proposal. “There is no question of accepting any packages or other formula for Telangana,” Harish Rao said.
The TRS has set August 20 as the deadline for the UPA government to make a positive announcement on separate Telangana. It is holding a three-day brainstorming session starting from August 24 to chalk out its plans for a new agitation in case the Centre goes back on the promise given to party president K Chandrasekhara Rao. “We will work out a long-term political strategy for carrying the agitation forward and teach the Congress party a fitting lesson,” TRS politburo member D Shravan said.
Meanwhile, Telangana joint action committee (TJAC), which is an umbrella organization for all the pro-Telangana groups is gearing up for revival for the Telangana agitation in September. It has announced a series of agitations, including laying a complete siege to Hyderabad on September 30. Simultaneously, the Communist Party of India will take up Telangana Poru Yatra (pro-Telangana tour) in all the 10 districts of the region from August 25 to September 3 to galvanise the people to participate in the agitation