Little MORE time to announce decision on Telangana – Sushilkumar Shinde ఫిబ్రవరి 4, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Telangana.
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Centre moves on Telangana may take 3 more months
Deccan Chronicle, 1 Feb 2013
Hyderabad: It seems unlikely that the Centre will be announcing its decision on the Telangana statehood issue anytime soon with sources hinting at a two to three-month delay i.e. after the Parliament and state Assembly Budget sessions.
AICC sources said that in view of the complexities involved in the decision-making process and the impending Budget, the Union government might take longer than the ‘little more time’ as had been announced by Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde a few days ago.
Sharad Pawar pitches for Telangana
New Delhi: Union agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday strongly pitched for Telangana state and told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that a delay on the issue would not be helpful.
Pawar also sought a meeting of the UPA to discuss the Telangana issue. The government responded by saying that it had taken Pawar’s words seriously, but added that the issue need to be dealt with patience. Even though the pro-Telangana Congress MPs had been claiming that no UPA ally was opposed to Telangana, Pawar’s party was the first UPA constituent that came out openly in support of an early decision. Pawar said that he had raised the issue with PM on Thursday.
“The question (to create a separate state) is that of timing…. We want Telangana as early as possible. A delay will not be helpful to us,” Pawar told media persons. Pawar, who reiterated that his party has been supportive of separate Telangana for long, expressed his view that the Congress also stands ‘generally pro-Telangana”.
Pawar said that NCP had held a rally with TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao a few years back. Later in the day, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that the views of Mr Pawar, a senior colleague, were taken seriously but added that ‘we need patience’ on the issue.
“The issue is being addressed. We need to be patient. We need to be engaged and need forbearance,” Mr Tiwari said at a press conference when asked about Pawar’s statement.
Pawar, whose party is also a major partner in the Congress-led coalition in Maharashtra, said that NCP has no objection if Vidarbha region also becomes a separate state. “We will not come in the way”. Asked whether Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress could also have ties with the Congress like NCP, he said: “I do not know their equation with the Congress. But Jagan will be important force that one has to accept in this case, particularly in Andhra Pradesh.
The Budget Session of Parliament will start from February 21 and may stretch to the end of April with mandatory recess in between and both Houses of the AP Legislative bodies are most likely to commence from March 11 for a 31-day statutory sitting to approve the Budget.
“The threat of resignations both by MPs and legislators from the state on account of the final announcement by the Centre on Telangana may lead to instability of the governments, which may also affect the passage of the Budget,” said a source.
The source also pointed out that Sonia Gandhi was likely to put the Telangana issue before the supporting parties in UPA before coming to a final conclusion on the issue and said that Telangana was one of the “pending” issues that were identified for the UPA Coordination Committee a few months ago.
As had been announced by AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, “some more consultations with leaders of all the three regions of the state, the Chief Minister and PCC president are needed before the Congress takes a final view on the subject”.
Changes in the AICC set-up and the ascension of Rahul Gandhi as the party vice-president is said to be another reason for the delay. It is expected that Gandhi will bring in a ‘new set up’ before the Budget Session starts.
It is also likely that Azad will be replaced by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh as the in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, a move that has been on the cards for the last few months.
Even with regards to resignation threats by the seven Telangana Congress MPs, there is a built-in condition. The MP’s in their letter addressed to Ms Sonia Gandhi along with their letters of resignation, had mentioned that if she was not going to make a favourable announcement on Telangana, she should forward the resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker for approval. This means that as long as the issue is being “considered” by her, the MPs will not submit their resignations directly to the Lok Sabha Speaker.
This was evident from the statement of Bhongir MP Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy who said their next ‘option’ would be stalling the ensuing Budget session of the Lok Sabha.