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Stalemate on Telangana likely to continue
BV Shiva Shankar, TNN Jul 9, 2013
Hyderabad: The stalemate over Telangana is likely to continue even after the Congress core committee to be called to address the vexed issue as consensus among leaders of three regions of Andhra Pradesh on division of the state is still elusive. As the Congress high command has invited chief minister, deputy chief minister, and PCC president with their reports to the core committee meeting, they are apparently ready with their proposals which are said to be divergent.
The CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana, and deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha represent Rayalaseema, Andhra, and Telangana respectively and they have prepared their part of reports only to safeguard their own regions.
Kiran Reddy is expected to argue for the united state and a special financial package for Telangana. Sources close to him said he had even assured the Congress high command that the party would get over 160 assembly seats under his leadership in the next elections if the state remains undivided. And he is going to aver that there was no separatist sentiment even in Telangana and the issue was being just played up by some politically motivated interests.
“The chief minister has already conveyed to the party high command that there was no public sentiment for Telangana. As an instant he has enlisted the resent agitations led by the separatists coming to crapper. Those include ‘Chalo Assembly’ held on June 14 and Telangana bandh called by the TRS the next day which was a flop,” said a minister close the CM.
“He had given a presentation to Digvijay Singh on his last Delhi visit explaining about the efficacy of the financial package to be given to Telangana. And he would reiterate the same in the core committee meeting,” added the minister.
On his part, Botsa told TOI that personally he was against division of the state. “My stand on the issue is publicly known. I am for the united Andhra Pradesh and I would even argue for a special financial package for the Andhra region for its development,” Botsa said.
However, the pro-Telangana leaders in the Congress have determined to put up an aggressive front saying they would not settle anything less than a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital. As Damodar Raja Narasimha is getting ready for the core committee meeting, the Congress ministers, and legislators met on Sunday to work out the nitty-gritty of the report he had to give in the meeting.
“The DCM’s report will have suggestions how to go about the division of the state in a smooth manner. And it argues how the issues like status of Hyderabad, sharing of river water and revenue could be addressed by means of constitutionally established mechanism,” said Ponnala Lakshmiah, a seasoned minister from Telangana.
“However, there is no compromise on Telangana as a separate state,” Ponnala added. “The report would say that people of Telangana are not ready to settle anything less than a separate state including Hyderabad as its capital.”
Even as news on various combinations including Rayala-Telangana, a separate state to be carved out partially of Rayalaseema and Telangana, are doing rounds, leaders of all the regions are camping in Delhi lobbying for their respective regions ahead of the core committee meeting.
However, there was no clarity when the core committee would be called although some are expecting it to happen on July 12.