Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress leaders now seem to be in a “caught between the devil and the deep sea situation” after their much-hyped resignation drama failed to evoke any positive response from both the Union government and party High Command to resolve the raging Telangana crisis.
However, the only outcome from the en masse resignations by the ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs was re-commencement of discussions and consultations between the Central leaders and the Congress leaders from the region as a ploy to lay road map for an early solution to the knotty issue.
It is pertinent to note here that the Central leaders, including Mr Pranab Mukherjee, Mr P. Chidambaram, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mr Ahmed Patel, have repeatedly threw enough indications during such consultations that the matter could not be resolved overnight and that many more meetings and discussions would have to take place to find an amicable solution to the issue. If one reads between the lines of the Central leaders, a T-solution is like finding a needle in a hay stack!
There is no denial of the fact that the Telangana Congress leaders were compelled to enact the resignation drama after falling a prey to the TRS ploy and the one-up manship of the TDP. What is more, the TRS also succeeded in deriving all the political mileage by immediately calling for a two-day bandh in the region and other agitational programmes.
The Telugu Desam also tried to take a lead over the Congress in soliciting the support of the masses by organizing a bus yatra by all the resigned TDP leaders in the region. After realizing the game plan of both the TRS and TDP, though belatedly, the Telangana Congress legislators distanced themselves from the TRS-controlled TJAC and declared that they would launch their own movement for a separate State.
Thus, the Telangana Congress leaders seemed to be literally caught between the devil and the deep sea having antagonized the party High Command with their resignation drama. They are not in a position to further pressurize the party bosses and at the same time they cannot withdraw their resignations nor go to the people without any assurance from the High Command.
Therefore, having placed their necks on the chopping block, the T-Congress leaders are now desperately trying for a facing saving device to remind the High Command that they are accessible for consultations and also strong message to the separatists that they are continuing their fight for a separate State.
Jaipal apprises PM of situation
The meeting between the Union Minister for Petroleum, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Friday morning, seems to be part of this game plan. After his 40-minute meeting, Mr Jaipal Reddy told the media that he had impressed upon the Prime Minister the urgent need to resolve the Telangana issue keeping in view the uncertainty prevailing in the region and also the volatile conditions in the twin cities.
Mr Jaipal Reddy evaded a direct reply to repeated queries from the media whether he had received any assurance about the bifurcation of the State and whether he was confident that a separate Telangana would be carved out in the near future. He refused to answer these questions except repeating that he had impressed upon the urgency in resolving the issue without further delay.
Plead for talks with Seemandhra leaders
Meanwhile, the Telangana Congress leaders, including the MPs, called on the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the APCC president, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, and appealed to them to meet the Seemandhra leaders and impress upon them to sort out the issue amicably and part ways as friends without bitterness or animosity. Both seem to have assured to hold consultations with the leaders of all the regions to try to find a way out to end the crisis.
While Telangana Congress leaders were busy trying to rizzle out from peculiar situation, the Chairman of Telangana Political JAC, Prof Kodanda Ram was on a mission meeting both Congress and TDP leaders belongs to Telangana and also Balladeer Gaddar to ensure that they unitedly fight for the cause.