Te­lan­gana closer to re­al­ity

The Political and Business Daily - - NATION -

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.

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