Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh seems to be heading for President’s Rule in the wake of a constitutional crisis looming large with Congress legislators belonging to Telangana and Seemandhra regions determined to resign for and against bifurcation of the state respectively.
The Telangana Congress MLAs after a meeting on Friday announced that they would en mass resign on Monday in pursuance of their demand for a separate state. There are 51 Congress MLAs including 15 ministers from the region. However, at the Friday meeting only 26 MLAs including nine ministers were present, besides seven MPs, eight MLCs and one Rajya Sabha member. Though the Rajya Sabha member Dr. K. Kesava Rao had announced that the Congress leaders from the region would resign en mass on Monday, it has to been seen as to how many of them would actually put in their papers.
In the meantime the Congress legislators from the Seemandhra region have also made it clear that they too would submit their resignations for the cause of Samaikya Andhra ( unified Andhra state) if the Central Government succumbs to the pressure of the separatists.
Even Telugu Desam Party legislators from Telangana have expressed their willingness to resign along with the Congress counterparts. As a matter of fact, the suspended TDP member Dr. Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who commenced a ‘deeksha’ for a united struggle for separate state on Sunday, had declared that he, along with three others, would be submitting their resignations today itself.
Thus with the political atmosphere in the state turning into a cauldron as the Telangana legislators were determined to quit forcing a constitutional crisis, the Central Government is getting ready to firmly deal with the situation, if need be impose President’s Rule, informed sources disclosed.
STRONG MESSAGE TO AGITATORS
The central leadership seemed to be peeved about the “blackmailing” tactics of the Congress MPs and MLAs from the Telangana region at a time when it was on the verge of unveiling its road map to resolve the crisis. Even the Congress High Command seemed irked over the manner in which its party-men were not only ignoring its advice to observe restraint, but also allowing themselves to dance to the tunes of TRS President Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
It is pertinent to note here that the academic year in all the universities in the region would begin from Monday and the students have been waiting for an opportunity to come to the streets at any given opportunity. Thus the resignation drama by the legislators might incense the mood of the student community threatening a serious law and order situation. The students of KU University have already begun an indefinite fast in Warangal opposing any package other than a separate state.
Thus against this backdrop, the Central Government, in order to send a strong message to the agitators, be it politicians or students, that it would not succumb to any pressure tactics on the Telangana issue, might impose President’s Rule as a last resort to prevent outbreak of law and order in the sate.(NSS)