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Congress high command likely to announce Telangana without Hyderabad? జనవరి 13, 2013

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Telangana possible, Congress revolt certain

Hyderabad is likely to be made Union Territory, Warangal capital of Telangana.

Abhinandan Mishra & S. Rama Krishna, The Sunday Guardian, New Delhi/ Hyderabad, 12th Jan 2013

The government is expected to stick to its decision to announce the formation of a separate state of Telangana by the end of January. The plan is to make Hyderabad a Union Territory, Warangal the capital of Telangana and Vijayawada the capital of Andhra. “The status of Hyderabad is the most contentious issue between those who want Telangana and those who are against it. Converting it into a UT will solve this problem,” a senior Congress leader said.

However, if political reactions in Andhra Pradesh are anything to go by, the Congress high command will face a major political upheaval whichever way it moves. The party will witness an avalanche of resignations and revolt by its MPs and MLAs from one or the other region.

There were some reports that the announcement of Telangana will be done during the Congress’ Chintan Shivir, which will be held between 18 and 20 January in Jaipur. Commenting on the matter, a party functionary said that though Telangana will be discussed in the Jaipur meeting, it’s difficult to say conclusively that the announcement will be made there. “As things stand now, the decision will come after the Shivir, but before the month’s end.”

Party leaders in Delhi think granting UT status to Hyderabad will be acceptable to everyone. The UT will have four districts. (మరింత…)

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Telangana resolution moved in RS మే 5, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, elections, Jai Andhra, politics, regionalism, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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T-resolution moved in RS
May 5,2012 Deccan Chronicle, New Delhi

Strongly supporting the creation of a Telangana state, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Friday took on the Congress for “betraying” the people of the region by going back on its promise.

Moving a private member’s resolution for creation of a separate Telangana state, Mr Javadekar stated that both Telangana and Seemandhra regions could co-exist peacefully and prosper.

“We are providing a blank cheque. Let the government bring the resolution, we will pass it,” Mr Javadekar said while speaking on his resolution.

Mr Javadekar said even home minister P. Chidambaram, in December 2009, had said the process of formation of the state “has begun” but two-and-a- half-years had passed since then. (మరింత…)

TJAC gives Congress ultimatum till April 24 – Kodandaram ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2012

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Telangana: JAC gives Cong ultimatum till Apr 24
Agencies: Hyderabad, Apr 04 2012

The Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (JAC) today threatened to intensify the separate statehood agitation once again if the ruling Congress fails to make its stand clear on the issue before the Parliament resumes for the second part of the Budget session on April 24.

Congress should clear its stand on Telangana issue as it had promised to deliver the separate state in the 2004 and 2009 elections, JAC convener M Kodandaram told reporters here.

The MPs and MLAs of Congress should put pressure on their party leadership towards accepting the separate statehood demand, the JAC convenor said in the background of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement last month that four political parties in Andhra Pradesh — Congress, TDP, MIM and YSR Congress –were yet to make up their mind about their stand on Telangana. (మరింత…)

Second SRC not applicable to Telangana, Says DS మే 28, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, SRC, Telangana.
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Second SRC not applicable to Telangana, Says DS
Express News Service, The New Indian Express May 26, 2011

HYDERABAD: APCC president D Srinivas has asserted that the second SRC would not be applicable to Telangana since the UPA government had made a statement in December 2009 only after thoroughly studying the issue. “How will the second SRC come into picture even after Union home minister P Chidambaram had made a statement on Telangana issue?” he argued. (మరింత…)

U-turns on Telangana : Gautam Pingle ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, compromise, Congress, elections, Identity, Naxalite, politics, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, terrorism, TRS.
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U-turns on Telangana
Gautam Pingle, Deccan Chronicle, April 10, 2011

Telangana statehood has many sympathisers. The UPA-appointed Pranab Mukherjee Committee received letters of support for Telangana from Mr I. K. Gujral, Chandrasekhar, V.P. Singh and Mr H.D. Deva Gowda (all former PMs) and also from Mr Lalu Yadav, Ms Mayawati, Mr Sharad Pawar, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Mr George Fernandes, and Mr Prakash Singh Badal. Mr Yadav understood what was driving the movement.

He wrote: “The people of the region have been fighting for it for more than a half a century. It is a people’s movement in the real sense. This movement has always been solidly backed by every section of the people of the region. Intellectuals, government employees, students remained although, as the backbone of the movement. And now, it has percolated down to the agrarian sector and the working classes…. The people of this region strongly feel and they have every reason to feel so — that they can no longer live in the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh with self respect and dignity.”

All these were non-Congress leaders. The BJP has always been a consistent supporter. But the NDA was prevented in granting statehood to Telangana only because, as Mr Advani wrote in his memoir, of objections by Mr Chandrababu Naidu and the TD — its major coalition partner. Since 2009, however, the TD and Mr Naidu have also supported Telangana statehood. The Congress has in 2004 and again in 2009 promised statehood for Telangana in its election manifestos. The riddle is why was there the delay since at least 2009? (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee Report full of lies: HC ఫిబ్రవరి 19, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Congress, drama, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, Telangana.
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Srikrishna report full of blatant lies: HC judge
TNN, Feb 18, 2011

HYDERABAD: Justice L Narasimha Reddy of the AP High Court on Thursday described the ‘secret’ contents of the Srikrishna Committee as full of lies and mind-boggling descriptions of non-existent things.

“It is unfortunate that this report and its related exercise was presided over by a former judge of the Supreme Court,” he told additional solicitor general M Raveendran. The issue came up when the judge was hearing a petition filed by former Congress MP M Narayan Reddy demanding chapter 8 of the committee report, which was submitted to the Centre in a sealed envelope, be made public. (మరింత…)

TRS threatens to boycott Telangana meet on January 6 జనవరి 2, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Identity, movement, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TRS chief threatens to boycott Telangana meet
CNN-IBM, Updated Jan 02, 2010

New Delhi: TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday said he will not attend the January 6 meeting called by the Central Government in Delhi if two representatives from each party are called.

He said two opinions from each party will only complicate the matters.
The Srikrishna Committee looking into the formation of a separate state of Telengana submitted its report to the Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 30.

Chidambaram had said the report will be made public after consultation with eight political parties in the state on January 6.

The ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh is split vertically on its support for a new state. It has 21 MPs from the Andhra-Rayalseema region and 12 from the Telengana region. The state accounts for 33 MPs.

The 12 Telengana MPs are under pressure to quit. Andhra MPs are agitating for a united state, worried about losing out on the rich telangana areas. The congress’ official position is that it favours small states but with a national consensus. Unofficially, the Congress is worried that there will be a rise in similar demands for smaller states like Gorkhaland and Harit Pradesh.

The TRS cheif has found fault with Chidambaram for inviting two representatives from each party. He said two opinions from each party will only complicate matters and also said that he will not attend January 6 meet in Delhi if two representatives from each party are called. (మరింత…)

Telangana referendum 2010 ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BJP, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, KCR, Mulki, politics, Rahul, regionalism, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Y S Jagan.
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After the ‘referendum’
D K Singh, The Indian Express, August 3, 2010

A couple of days before the Telangana by-election results were declared, Home Minister P. Chidambaram inquired about the Congress’s prospects from a ministerial colleague. The reply left him perplexed. “Not even one seat?” asked Chidambaram. But his party colleague from Andhra Pradesh offered little hope. The junior minister was vindicated last Friday when the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) swept the polls, winning 11 out of 12 seats.

Congress leaders from Telangana had sensed the pubic mood and did not want to contest; they were overruled. The party had done well in the region in the 2009 assembly and Lok Sabha elections, apparently validating the late Y.S.R. Reddy’s claims that the statehood agitation was a mere flash in the pan. This rout has, therefore, set alarm bells ringing. AP Congress president D. Srinivas’s loss — the second time since the 2009 assembly election — could be a case study in ambivalence: he had assured voters that the Congress was all for Telangana, and it was the only party that could make it a reality. The TRS’s K. Chandrasekhar Rao asked: if Srinivas’s party was all for Telangana, why did the party chief not say so, on behalf of the Congress, to the Srikrishna Committee? (మరింత…)

Telangana 2010 by-elections : Congress lost the goodwill ఆగస్ట్ 1, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, BJP, compromise, Congress, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, students, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Telangana by-election results send out a warning to Congress
Smita Gupta, The Hindu July 31, 2010

TRS performance strengthens the case for a separate State

New Delhi: For the Congress, its problems in what is its strongest State, Andhra Pradesh, are only growing. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is set to sweep the by-elections held in the Telangana region, thereby strengthening the case for a separate Telangana and reminding the Congress-led UPA government of the assurance that it had given on the issue and then backtracked on.

Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily was very guarded in his response to the results of the by-elections, in which the Congress has fared poorly: “These are the people who volunteered to resign [on the Telangana issue]. The people have chosen to vote for them,” he told The Hindu, adding, “We put up a good fight.” Asked whether the results did not put pressure on the Centre to push for the creation of a separate Telangana State, Mr. Moily said, “The matter is before the Srikrishna Commission, let the report come.”

But a senior party functionary admitted that these results “had strengthened the case for a separate Telangana” and that from now on, “there would be greater pressure on the Centre” to act on the assurance made by Home Minister P. Chidambaram on December 9, 2009, when he publicly declared the Centre’s support for a new State. “We will now have to think of a new strategy,” he said. (మరింత…)

Telangana prospects in doubt after Dantewada మే 16, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, compromise, Congress, Identity, Mulki, Naxalite, Parliament, politics, regionalism, Sonia, ST, Telangana.
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Telangana prospects in doubt after Dantewada
Friday, 14 May 2010

Hyderabad, May 14: The Centre seems to have no stomach for small states any more, if recent remarks made by P Chidambaram are any indication. Stunned by the Dantewada attack on security forces last month, the Union government is said to be worried about the national security implications of creating small states. If so, that may end any hopes of a separate Telangana.

“Can we think of creating more states after what happened in Dantewada?” the Union Home Minister reportedly said in an aside during a recent meeting in New Delhi. Highly placed sources disclosed to Express that Chidambaram did not directly refer to the ongoing agitation for a separate state in Telangana but the import of his statement is not difficult to read.

A warlike situation is prevailing in Chhattisgarh with central paramilitary forces finding it difficult to break the hold of the Maoists on the vast expanse of forests in the small state bordering Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. The Dantewada massacre of 76 CRPF men last month shocked Chidambaram, and sent Home Ministry mavens scurrying to reexamine the first principles of their strategy against the Maoists. (మరింత…)