Hyderabad, Feb.17 (NSS): Is President’s Rule in the State becoming inevitable in the wake of the raging imbroglio over the complicated Telangana issue?
This question assumed importance once again after the unprecedented and unruly incidents witnessed within and outside the State Assembly on the opening day of the budget session today.
The manner in which the Opposition parties, especially the TRS and TDP members, not only disrupted the Governor’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of the State Legislature but also indulged in violent acts like uprooting the mikes, hurling missiles at the Governor and damaging the podium besides pulling down the chairs of the Assembly Deputy Speaker and Council Chairman has brought flak from all sections.
As if this ruckus in the House was not enough, the TRS members also beat up two legislators – Dr Jayaprakash Narayan of Lok Satta Party and Mr Paladugu Venkatrao of Congress – at the Media Point on the Assembly premises has sent shock-waves all over the State. Today’s happenings in the Assembly has stunned and anguished the powers that be and also rattled the Congress High Command.
The disruption of the constitutional and democratic functioning of the State legislature and the crippling of the administration in the Telangana region following the non-cooperation movement launched by the government employees, advocates, teachers and students have been a cause of concern for the Central leaders. Added to this, the proposed fasting by the former Kadapa MP, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, for the reimbursement of fees to students came as yet another headache to the rulers in Delhi.
Coming events cast their shadow. The high tension drama enacted within and outside the Assembly today seemed to be an indication of the things that would unfold in the coming days during the budget session. Various sections of the society besides some in political circles have already echoed their feelings for the need to impose President’s Rule in the State.
According to informed sources, the Central leaders, including the AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, had asked for a full report on today’s incidents in the Assembly and also about the prevailing situation over the non-cooperation movement launched by the government employees and others. The Central leaders, especially the Ministry of Home Affairs, reportedly gathered inputs from Intelligence and other sources.
The Governor, Mr E. S. L. Narasimhan, after his bitter experience in the Assembly seemed to have sent his report to New Delhi. Even the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, is understood to have apprised the Central leaders of today’s happenings.
The Opposition parties, especially the TRS and TDP, are determined to corner the State government on various fronts. The Telangana issue is also expected to create a cauldron in the State legislature. The TRS members have already indicated that they would not allow the Assembly to function on the issues even if they face the threat of suspension from the House.
The Central leadership is also keeping in view the past happenings in the Assembly during the brief winter session when the TRS and TDP members have virtually derailed the proceedings of the House on the issue of withdrawal of police cases registered against Telangana students and on the issue of providing relief to the flood-affected farmers.
Thus against this background, the smooth functioning of the State legislature in the coming days seems to be very bleak. Keeping in view the continuing volatile situation in the State on the burning issue of Telangana and the possibility of its escalation and the virtual divide in the ruling Congress on the issue, the possibility of bringing the State under the Central rule is not being ruled out. (NSS)