Telangana closer to reality
opposition from ministers, MLAs and leaders from within the party that forced the central government and the Congress leadership to put the issue on hold.
The Centre held rounds of meetings with all parties from the state and set up a Commission under the chairmanship for Supreme Court Judge Justice Srikrishna, which had given a report suggesting various solutions.
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh and was said to be thinking in terms of resigning, was called for consultations. He attended the UPA meeting.
However, he dismissed reports of resignation as "rumours". Similarly, Congress ministers in the Union Government and the MPs gave enough indications that they would follow the party line.
Replying to a volley of questions on sharing of resources between the two states, Digvijay Singh said the Group of Ministers to be st up on the subject will go into sharing of land, water, revenue and assests and liabilities between Andhra and Telangana.
While maintaining that it was a "difficult" decision, Singh rejected suggestions that the decision was aimed at reaping electoral beneifts saying "political expediency cannot be a reason for such a far reaching decision."
Explaining the reason for the decision, the Congress general secretary said it had a historical background and states are not formed merely on the basis of agitations.
He rejected suggestions that the decision to carve out Telangana was based on political compulsions. "It is a long standing demand...It has nothing to do with elections," he said.
He said the Centre will urge the Andhra Pradesh assembly to adopt a resolution on creation of Telangana. The Assembly will have to accept or reject the resolution, Singh said adding, however, that either way it will not be binding on the government of India.
Referring to the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Singh said its chief K Chandrashekar Rao had maintained that it will merge with Congress once Telangana is created. "We shall await reaction of TRS...We will be favourably inclined to discuss the issue," he said.