TRS to merge with Congress for separate Telangana? ఆగస్ట్ 31, 2012Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, elections, Harish, JAC, KCR, KTR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, YSR.
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Will a separate Telangana facilitate merger of TRS and Congress?
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad August 31, 2102
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is spearheading the movement for carving out separate Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, is willing to be merged with the Congress party if there is a positive announcement from the Centre on the Telangana state formation.
According to TRS sources, party president K Chandrasekhara Rao has sent fresh feelers to the Congress bosses in New Delhi to this effect. He told them that he did not mind merging the TRS with the Congress if the Centre commenced the process for Telangana state formation. He insisted that the UPA government must announce a specific time-frame for carving out a new state.
The TRS president, who represents Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha constituency, is expected to leave for New Delhi next week to participate in the Parliament session and continue the negotiations with the top Congress leaders on the proposal.
“In fact, KCR convened the party’s executive committee meetings last week to chalk out the action plan to renew the agitation for Telangana, but deferred the same to a later date in September, pending negotiations with the Congress leaders in Delhi. There are indications that the Congress leadership will come out with an announcement in the second week of September. We will wait for the same before deciding on our future course of action,” a TRS leader said.
That the TRS is willing to get merged with the Congress came to light when senior TRS leader and KCR’s nephew T Harish Rao broached the subject with Congress leaders from Andhra region on Thursday. Harish told them that the TRS had already indicated to the Congress leaders in Delhi that it would be merged with the Congress, if the separate state was granted. “The Telangana sentiment has spread across every nook and corner of the region. If the separate is given, it would only be advantageous to the Congress party, as we are ready to merge our party with it. Otherwise, we have our own action plan and we will go ahead with it,” Harish Rao told them.
Senior Telangana Congress leader and MLC K R Amos, who was part of the discussion, told MAIL TODAY that the merger of the TRS with the Congress would be a win-win situation for both the parties and the Congress party’s strength would be doubled in the region. “There are 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region. And the Congress-TRS combine would get not less than 16 Lok Sabha seats in the next elections, which would be a big boost to the UPA. Can the Andhra leaders give a similar assurance to the high command if the state remains united?” he asked.
The Telangana Congress MPs, too, are of the same opinion and are trying to impress upon the party leadership to agree for the proposal. “The Congress party would end up as a losing side if it continues to dodge the Telangana, while the TRS would only grow in strength in the next elections,” an MP from the region said.
According to him, the TRS was formed with the sole objective of achieving separate Telangana state. And it would be outliving its purpose once the goal is achieved. “So, it would be in the interest of the TRS to merge with the Congress which would also get benefited from it,” he said.
Interestingly, the Telugu Desam Party, which has been adopting a neutral stand on the Telangana issue, has also decided to extend support to the Telangana statehood demand. At the party’s politburo meeting on Friday, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu said he would give clarity on the Telangana issue soon and would write a letter to the Centre in the second week of September in favour of Telangana. “He is convincing the party leaders from the other regions on the need to support the Telangana state demand, in the wake of growing Telangana sentiment and the need to protect the party from being wiped out in the region,” senior TDP legislator R Prakash Reddy said after the politburo meeting.
This has naturally mounted pressure on the Congress high command to take a quick decision on the Telangana statehood issue. The party has realized that its base in the region is getting eroded because of its indecisiveness, which was evident from the series of debacles in the recent by-elections. “The Telangana episode has reached its climax. It is time for taking a concrete decision,” Amos said.
Meanwhile, the Telangana Joint Action Committee, an umbrella organization of all Telangana groups, has decided to go ahead with its plan of agitations in September, without waiting for a decision from the Centre on state bifurcation. “The proposed Million March of laying siege to Hyderabad with over 10 lakh people will take place on September 30 as usual. We have already launched a campaign all over the region to mobilize people,” JAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram said