Unable to agree as to what should be done with regard to the rejection of their resignation letters by assembly speaker Nadendla Manohar, the Telangana Congress leaders on Tuesday decided to skip the whole issue altogether and, instead, focus on the talks with AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, with whom they have scheduled yet another meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.
While the TRS legislators have yet again submitted their resignations to the speaker, the TDP Telangana Forum leaders are awaiting the decision of the Telangana Congress leaders to submit their quit letters once again so that they can follow suit.
However, it became clear on Tuesday that the T Congress leaders were through with the resignation drama.
For the record, one leader said they were satisfied with the way Azad was handling the T trouble in the party, but indicated that they would not hesitate to resign if the situation warranted.
Skirting the resignation issue on which the T Congress is a divided house, the leaders said the talks on the separate state are more important than the resignations.
Claiming that the high command is serious about finding a solution to the Telangana issue in two or three months, BC welfare minister Basavaraj Saraiah said: “We are satisfied with the talks.”
Participating in the T-Congress flag festival in Warangal, Saraiah, who returned from New Delhi on Tuesday morning to launch the festival, said the party would carry forward the Telangana movement in a Gandhian way. When asked about the resignations, he said the quit letters were submitted in the proper format and that they would consult legal experts on the legality of the rejection.
Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi told TOI: “We are not going back on the resignations. Resignations for the sake of resignations do not serve any purpose. They should be part of an overall strategy. We will press for the acceptance of the resignations the moment we perceive any attempt by the party’s central leaders to divert the attention from the core issue of Telangana.”
Thus given a way out by the party high command, the T leaders of Congress, who had earlier thundered that that they would take part in the talks only if a positive decision on Telangana was announced first, have now climbed down and agreed for a dialogue.
According to sources, many of the leaders who are still in New Delhi, have sought the services of R Vidyasagar Rao, former chief engineer of Central Water Commission, to advise them on the sharing of vital assets once the state is divided.
Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkata Reddy told TOI from Delhi that their Tuesday night meeting with Azad was a step forward in the direction of finding a solution to the Telangana problem. “This time, the party high command appears to be really serious about the state formation. They want to address all the contentious issues of the Telangana demand. The talks are going in the right direction,” Reddy, who is a member of the steering committee, said. On Wednesday at their scheduled meeting with Azad, the T-Congress leaders are expected to raise two issues pertaining to the status of Hyderabad and matters relating to irrigation.
“There is no controversy over Hyderabad. It is an inseparable part of Telangana. We will first demand a commitment on this from Azad. Then we can address the fears and apprehensions expressed by those opposing the division of the state and evolve the safeguards needed to protect their interests,” said B Kamalakar Rao, a PCC spokesperson who is involved in the preparation of the reports for Wednesday’s meeting.
But the point that the T Congress leaders seem to miss is that the division of the state and sharing of assets cannot be decided by a party functionary. “There are serious issues which require the people running the government to ponder over. No AICC functionary can give assurances on such vital issues,” said one state government official. TOI