Hyderabad: Though the Centre might consider imposing President’s Rule, it will not rush into a definitive conclusion regarding bifurcation of the state. The Congress central leadership has apparently made it clear that its priority is damage control in the UPA government due to the resignation of the Telangana MPs rather than finding an immediate solution to the survival of the state government though the latter is in more danger.
“Our focus is on the UPA government and as far as the state is concerned, we can impose President’s Rule as an alternative option,” a senior Congress leader indicated to state leaders. Sources said that the Centre was trying to buy time after the resignations of the Congress MPs from the Telangana region. The Lok Sabha Speaker, Ms Meira Kumar, has been told to wait for two weeks before calling each member individually to seek their reasons for quitting.
“Given the thought process of the central leadership, the last thing it will want is a repeat of the 2009 fiasco,” sources said. The state leaders were made to understand that stiff resistance from the UPA allies like the Trinamul and NCP would also force the Centre to tread a cautious path. The West Bengal CM, Ms Mamata Banerjee, has already made it clear that she is opposed to further bifurcation of states. Congress leaders too were of the view that any move on Telangana would derail Ms Banerjee’s efforts to quell the Gorkhaland agitations and upset her rule.
“The Centre cannot afford to antagonise its partners and put itself in jeopardy,” said an MP, adding, “That’s the reason why Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad termed Telangana as a national issue,” he added. Deccan Chronicle