Hyderabad: The political atmosphere in the State is heating up as both the Telangana and United Andhra protagonists were gearing up to put pressure on the Centre on their respective demands.
The situation was suddenly surcharged when the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Damodar Rajanarasimha, and others have started talking about Regional Board for Telangana. Mr Rajanarasimha, after two-days of talks at New Delhi, has said he had no objection to either Telangana State or even Regional Board. Telangana agitators were shocked at the mention of the regional board. They suspect that the Congress High Command has made him drop the hint about its thinking. They strongly feel that some thing sinister was brewing at New Delhi. The summoning of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, to New Delhi has further strengthened this suspicion.
The same suspicion that something was happening in New Delhi also arose in the minds of the Andhra leaders who are preparing to go to New Delhi en masse and put forth their own arguments against bifurcation of the State. Meetings galore started both at New Delhi and at Hyderabad on the contentious issue.
The Chief Minister, who has reached Delhi for a two-day trip, met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress president, Ms Sonia Gandhi. The importance of these meetings became clear when Ms Sonia Gandhi, who could not give audience to social activist Anna Hazare could spare time to have discussions with Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy. It is being said that the main discussions of the Chief Minister in New Delhi were about the Telangana State.
KCR CONFERS WITH JANA REDDY
It is learnt that the Chief Minister told the MLAs and other leaders, who met him earlier that he would not make any suggestion to the High Command about Telangana, but would simply listen to what they say.
In a surprising development, the TRS chief, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, initiated talks with the Congress leaders. He held talks with Mr K Jana Reddy. He went to Mr Jana Reddy’s house along with his MLA son, Mr K Taraka Rama Rao, his nephew and Siddipet MLA, Mr Harish Rao and the Legislature Party leader, Mr Eetela Rajendra.
In Delh, the Telangana Congress MPs, Mr Ponnam Prabhakar, Mr Manda Jagannatham, Mr V Hanumath Rao, Mr Sarve Satyanarayana, Mr Balaram Naik and others met the Chief Minister and held discussions with him. They are believed to have urged him to implore upon the Centre to concede Telangana State at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Andhra leaders, Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Mr T T. Subbarami Reddy also met the Chief Minister at New Delhi. The MPs Mr Manda Jagannatham, Mr J D Seelam, Mr Balaram Naik, Mr Ponnam Prabhakar, the Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr P Shankar Rao, the former DCC Chief, Mr D Srinivas and Dr K V P Ramachandra Rao met the State in-charge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad. Talking to the media later, some leaders said they had discussed about Telangana, their proposal to resign and other matters were discussed.
Mr KCR, who met Mr Jana Reddy told the media later that he took the initiative himself for the meeting. Stating that this was just a preliminary meeting, he said both the TRS and the Congress Telangana protagonists would chalk out their own plans for hastening the process of Telangana formation. He said the deadline set up for the Telangana people’s representatives was already over and it was up to them to take further action. He said if the Congress leadership came forward with senseless proposals like special package and regional board, people of Telangana would not tolerate. In the KCR’s meeting with Mr Jana Reddy, the MPs, Dr K Keshav Rao, Mr Gutta Sukhinder Reddy, Mr G. Vivek and Mr Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy were also present. While expressing happiness over Mr KCR coming to Mr Jana Reddy, Dr Keshav Rao said that they had decided to commence a united fight henceforth as the aim of both was the same. He said that they would once again meet on Friday and chalk out their future course of programme.
Mr Jana Reddy has said that it was their intention that there should be no confrontation and the issue should be sorted out amicably.
However, Mr Komatireddy was rather harsh. He said that in the Friday meeting, some stern decisions would be taken to ensure that a decision was announced on Telangana before commencement of Parliament session.
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, the MPs, Mr Sukhinder Reddy, Mr Ponnam Prabhakar and Mr Sarve Satyanarayana have, however, ruled out resignations. At the same time, they also made it clear that they would not accept any other proposal like regional board except separate State. They said that invitations were sent to all the Telangana Congress MPs, DCC presidents and other leaders to positively attend the meeting.
The PCC chief, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, who is always cautious about Telangana, made it a point to make a special mention of the issue. Assuring that he would take the sentiments of people of all the three regions to the notice of the High Command, he has urged leaders not to politicize the Telangana issue. Another interesting turn is TRS senior leader MLA, Mr Harish Rao holding discussions with Mr Botcha for 40 to 45 minutes.
With the heat is on, every one concerned about the Telangana issue is of the view that some vital decision would be announced within a month or 45 days from New Delhi.