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Telangana Congress Party soon – strategy to face 2014 elections ఏప్రిల్ 29, 2012

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Telangana Congress leaders may float new party
Jinka Nagaraju, TNN | Apr 29, 2012 The Times of India

HYDERABAD: Caught between a party high command that appears to be indifferent to the separate state demand and complete political isolation in their region, Telangana Congress leaders are veering round to perhaps the only option open to them: Floating a sub-regional political outfit.

In a series of informal meetings over the past few weeks, during which the Congress high command moved from a stance of complete apathy to the suspension of 8 MPs from the Lok Sabha on the statehood issue, the Telangana Congress leaders have more or less concluded that steering an independent course by which they can up the ante on Telangana is the only way to ensure their political survival.

The T leaders are of the view that the decisive moment to part ways with the Congress has come. “While the bypolls to 18 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency can be politically course changing for the state, the Congress high command appears to be preoccupied with the Presidential poll. The party’s silence after July will be taken as a clear ‘No’ to Telangana. Then, we will take the matter to the people not as Congressmen but as Telangana Congressmen,” said one MP. (మరింత…)

Congress MPs from Telangana suspended for four days ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, Telangana, violence.
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8 Congress MPs from Telangana suspended for four days
New Delhi | Agency: PTI April 24, 2012

In an unprecedented action, Congress on Tuesday got suspended eight of its members in Lok Sabha for causing disruptions over Telangana issue in the House.

This is the first time that members of the ruling party have been suspended in a group in Parliament whereas at the height of controversy over Bofors over 30 members from the Opposition were suspended in the late 1980s for disruption.

On a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister and party’s Chief Whip P K Bansal, the House suspended Ponnam Prabhakar, Madhu Yaskhi Goud, M Jagannath, K R G Reddy, G Viveknanda, Balram Naik, Sukender Reddy Gutha and S Rajaiah, all elected on Congress ticket from the Telangana region.

The motion was carried by a voice vote after Francisco Sardinha, who was in the Chair, warned them of action if they failed to go to their seats when they protested in the Well campaigning for a separate Telangana.

The action came soon after a meeting of the Congress top brass including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi deliberated on the matter.

Moments after the House reassembled after two adjournments, the members stormed the Well holding posters supporting a separate state and chanting slogans like ‘We Want Telangana’. (మరింత…)