Hyderabad: According to AICC sources, the Congress high command would put forth one of the options – a second SRC or the other two options – before the Telangana Congress leaders who resigned and convince them to accept this as a forward movement and take back their resignations.
“They have already been told that a face-saving formula would be offered to them and after the same is announced, they would be able to convince the people of the region that their resignations did not go waste.
“In effect, given the hard stance of the party, the Congress leaders who resigned do not seem to have much choice,” said one leader.
Meanwhile, the Telangana Congress MPs and MLAs, whose numbers at pro-separate state meetings seem to be dwindling with each passing day, on Monday accused chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, his deputy Damodar Rajanarasimha, Rajya Sabha MP T Subbarami Reddy and former Union minister Renuka Chowdhury of trying to sabotage the Telangana movement by dividing the leaders. With only 9 MLAs including three ministers, 9 MLCs and 7 MPs besides a few other leaders attending a meeting of the Telangana Congressmen in Hyderabad on Monday, the participants attributed the thin attendance to divisive tactics employed by some state party leaders. In all, 42 Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs had submitted their resignations for the Telangana cause to their respective presiding officers on July 4.
Those present at the meeting alleged that the chief minister had persuaded 8 of the 11 ministers who had resigned to stay away from the deliberations, while deputyCM Rajanarasimha weaned away the SC MLAs on the pretext that he wanted to discuss the SC categorization issue. It was also alleged that Subbarami Reddy had contacted four T Congress MPs, while Renuka Chowdhury too was busy with a similar mission. Finally, reposing their faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and their commitment for the Telangana cause, the leaders decided to observe a 48-hour fast on July 13 and 14 and hold a one-day fast in all the Telangana mandal headquarters on July 18. TOI