Speculation of three Congress MPs joining TRS ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in compromise, Congress, elections.
Tags: elections 2014, Keshava Rao, Manda Jagannadham, S Rajaiah, Vivek
Telangana Congress MPs keep up statehood rhetoric
Express News Service, Hyderabad 17 April 2013
Telangana Congress MPs on Tuesday continued to build pressure on the Centre for a positive and early decision on the separate State demand even as the party high command sought to persuade them not to cross the line.
Said former Rajya Sabha member K Keshva Rao, “All the MPs will sit together soon and decide what should be done to secure a Telangana State.” Implicit in his statement was their anticipated decision on TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s invitation to join his party.
Peddapalli MP G Vivek said the Parliament session beginning April 23 would be his last. “I hope the party takes a positive decision. If not, I will have to think of alternatives,” he said.
According to sources, Vivek is only trying to pressure the Congress and is in fact not keen on leaving the party for TRS. He had said on Monday he would not leave the Congress and would contest the next election on a Congress ticket.
Last night, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana tried to make the unhappy MPs see reason and later, announced that none of them is leaving the Congress.
According to sources, Botcha and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, when they meet Rahul Gandhi on April 18 in Delhi, are expected to bring to his notice the feelings of T Congress MPs, the status of the party in Telangana and how KCR is entrapping the MPs.
There has been intense speculation for the last few days that MPs S Rajaiah, Vivek and Manda Jagannadham would leave the party and join the TRS. In fact, the TRS chief, when he called on former Rajya Sabha member Keshava Rao, who is coordinating the activities of the T Cong MPs, made an offer to the MPs to join his party on April 27, the anniversary of the party’s formation at Armoor.
Of the three MPs, Manda Janganndham appeared keen on looking for an alternative to the Congress which evoked criticism from his own partymen that since his roots were not in Congress (he was earlier in the TDP), leaving the Congress may not be all that difficult for him.
At an informal meeting in the city on Tuesday, Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy, Keshava Rao and Vivek took stock of the situation but did not firm up their stand on the invitation of KCR to join his party.
Though Keshava Rao has not shown much interest in joining the TRS, he believes that it is the only party that is working sincerely for a separate state for T region and therefore, the T Cong MPs would be doing a service to the movement if they join the pink panthers. “It is a party wedded to the T movement. The Congress has forgotten about the demand for a separate state,” Keshava Rao said on Tuesday, apparently to continue the heat on the Congress leadership.
He does not find anything wrong if KCR is inviting the MPs and MLAs to join the Congress. “KCR wants the TRS to emerge as a major political force so that securing Telangana state becomes easy. What is wrong with that line of argument?” he asked.