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Telangana – Provincialization of Indian politics: Mukul Kesavan ఫిబ్రవరి 27, 2014

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Lessons of Telangana
– The Congress and the provincialization of Indian politics

Mukul Kesavan The Telegraph, February 27, 2014

Elections have a way of clarifying political realities. The great political trend of the last twenty years has been the shift in the balance of power between the Centre and the states in favour of the latter. Never was this more startlingly demonstrated than by Jayalalithaa’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision to commute the death sentences imposed on three of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins. Jayalalithaa told the Central government that the logic of the Supreme Court’s ruling allowed her to remit the sentences of all seven prisoners being held for the assassination and to release them with near-immediate effect.

The DMK, nominally allied to the Congress, supported the chief minister’s inspired political ambush and newspapers (even disapproving ones) hailed Jayalalithaa’s announcement as a master stroke. Tamil sentiment, it seemed, saw the prisoners as martyrs, not killers. The assassinated former prime minister had no all-India constituency that mattered in the country today; his assassins, by virtue of their commitment to a Tamil cause, did.
The Congress’s desperate sponsorship of the Telangana bill further underlined the difficulty national parties face in whipping provincial leaders into line. One parliamentary tableau summed up the Congress’s predicament: the prime minister made his big Telangana speech from behind a protective wall of Congress members of Parliament even as anti-Telangana MPs tore up paper in the well of the house and tossed the shreds about, chanting like the votaries of some new but energetic sect. Also in the well, but a little to the rear, stood that ardent champion of akhand Andhra, Derek O’Brien of the Trinamul Congress, waving a banner in solidarity.

The moment the Telangana bill was passed in Parliament, the Congress chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh resigned from the chief ministership and renounced his membership of the Congress. No longer could the leadership of an all-India party bring provincial chieftains to heel; even the arbitrary authority of the Congress’s vaunted High Command counted for little with state leaders who had to reckon with popular sentiment in their provincial constituencies. (మరింత…)

Assembly adjourned, Telangana stalemate continues డిసెంబర్ 19, 2013

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Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation – AP House adjourned as Telangana stalemate continues
PTI, December 19, 2013

The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly was on Thursday abruptly adjourned till January 3 without even initiating the crucial debate on draft A.P. Re-organisation Bill 2013 that provides for the creation of a new state of Telangana.

With no end in sight to the stalemate that the House was pushed into in the last four days, Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the Assembly on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of Telangana members who insisted on a debate on the draft Bill.

The Speaker announced a fresh schedule for the Assembly session that will be held from January 3-23 in two phases – from January 3-10 and January 16-23 – and a circular to this effect was issued to the members.

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The draft Bill, referred to the state Legislature by the President of India under Article 3 of the Constitution for expressing its views, has to be returned to the Centre by January 23, 2014 as per the time given by the President. (మరింత…)