AICC general-secretary in-charge of AP Affairs Digvijay Singh here on Monday did not rule out the possibility of the Centre studying the proposal of Rayala-Telangana State in the event of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Digvijay Singh, while speaking to the media, did not reject queries from the media regarding the Centre considering the proposal for carving out a Rayala-Telangana by merging Kurnool and Anantapur districts with the 10 districts of Telangana to form a separate State. However, he made it clear that he was not aware whether such a proposal was made by the GoM in its report.
The AICC leader was confident that the Telangana Bill would be introduced in Parliament during the winter session commencing from December 5. He said the draft Bill would be sent to the State Assembly for comments. Asked when it would be sent to the Assembly, he said whenever the Union Cabinet clears it.
Responding to persistent questions on the prospects of a Rayala-Telangana State, Digvijay Singh was very evasive by just stating “Let the GoM first give its report. On the basis of which the draft Bill will be prepared for sending to Parliament”. Asked whether he had discussed the Rayala-Telangana proposal with AP’s Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha and that the latter was not averse to the move, Digvijay Singh curtly said he would not reveal what transpired during private discussions.
However, the fate of the Telangana Bill, whether it would come up in Parliament during the ensuing winter session or not, will be known after the meeting of the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamalnath with all the political parties scheduled to be held late this evening. The all-party meeting is a regular feature before the commencement of Parliament session wherein the government seeks the support and cooperation of the Opposition parties for the smooth conduct of regular business in the House.
In today’s all-party meeting, the government is expected to inform about the Bills it intends to introduce during the session. Though Kamalnath by himself might not mention anything about the move to introduce the Telangana Bill, some Opposition parties might raise the issue. Then the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister would have to reveal the government’s move in this regard. Thus, the fate of the T Bill would be known after the all-party meet.
Meanwhile, hectic lobbying commenced in the national capital with senior Congress leaders from Telangana, including former PCC president D. Srinivas meeting Central leaders to oppose Rayala-Telangana State. They made it clear to the Central leadership that only a Telangana State with 10 districts and Hyderabad as its capital would be acceptable and nothing short of this would be stoutly opposed.