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BJP suffered badly in Andhra Pradesh with Congress moving ahead on Telangana
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been waiting to gain big political dividends promising people to realize their dream of Telangana state immediately after they coming to power at the Centre, is now suffered badly in Andhra Pradesh with the Congress moving ahead on this issue surprising every one. No one expected that the Congress move so swiftly on Telangana issue.

Tll the Congress Working Committee (CWC) resolved favouring bifurcation of the state, BJP being the only national party projecting itself as the party which can fulfill the dreams of the people in the region, was confident of gaining politically. However, now it is disperate mood and moving to allay with another disperate party Telugu Desam.

Promising people to form Telangana state with in 100 days of its comes to power in New Delhi, BJP started big campaign and people too viewing it as a major political force in the forthcoming elections. Large number of people who were dissented with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which was responsible for bringing Telangana issue into central stage of politics, for its proximity with Congress, started moving towards BJP. 

But, once the UPA government started moving towards formation of Telangana state, BJP practically lost its lone slogan in the region. BJP leaders for the five years ignoring all other issues reminded chanting only Telangana manthra. As a result, now a fear started among BJP leadership that formation of Telangana state before 2014 elections may makes them irrelevant in the region.

As most of the leaders in BJP hails from Telangana region, they ignored party work in Coastal and Rayalaseema regions (now being called as Seemandhra region). When the people in this region started revolting against Centre’s decision favouring Telangana state, BJP became voiceless and simply remained silent. Even agitators attacked BJP offices in several offices and also houses of BJP leaders, BJP leadership remained calm.

None of party leader from outside Seemandhra region dares enough to visit this region for the last three months. This has naturally led to agitating party leaders from the region. When they planned to meet their central leadership and express their concerns, state leadership prevented them to raise their voice fearing such a step would weaken their position in Telangana region.

It took two months for them to resist state party leadership, particularly Telangana leaders hurdles and visit New Delhi to meet party president Rajnath Singh and other leaders. Inspite of their strong plea, national leadership remained cool, except giving a statement assuring Seemandhra people they would take care of their concerns, they too remained silent. Their efforts to persuade central leadership to send a party delegation to Seemandhra region to study prevailing political environment failed.

This has particularly led to vertical divide of party leadership region-wise. Even in the Seemandhra region, leaders from Rayalaseema were angry that leaders from Coastal are not bothering to their concerns. Meanwhile, when the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to prepare Telangana bill by the Government of India, sought suggestions from the political parties, leaders from various regions rushed to Delhi seeking their party national leaders to convey sentiments of people from their respective regions.

The contentious Telangana issue has made the State BJP a divided house as its leaders from Seemandhra and Telangana have given contradictory reports to their high command, which is gearing up to submit a report on the State bifurcation to the GoM soon.

The main contentious issues between leaders from these regions related to boundries of the new states. While Tealgana leaders insisting that Telangana state should be formed with ten districts of Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital. They also ask the government to set up a new capital for Seemandhra region as early as possible so that the Telangana government can have complete control over administration.

They have been strongly opposing to the idea of making Hyderabad as joint capital for two states for ten years. They are arguing that keeping the capital city 200 kms away from the  region does not benefit the Seemandhra people so that the government should take immediate steps for setting up a new capital in the region.

Telangana BJP leaders are insisting that the Bhadrachalam of Khammam district be remained in Telangana region as the temple town was historically connected to the Hyderabad city.  However, Seemandhra leaders insist some safeguards and protections to the people from their region residing in Hyderabad city. They are demanding that Bhadrachalam division should be given back to them, as it was not part of Telangana when it was merged with Andhra state in 1956. As areas to be submerged under Polavaram irrigation projects mostly comes from this division, they fear keeping that division with Telangana would create hurdles for completion of Polavaram project in view of several Telangana leaders are openly opposing Polavaram project.

While Telangana BJP leaders want the government to change the Polavaram design, Seemandhra leaders opposing involvement of Telangana leaders in this project

Meanwhile, party leaders from Rayalaseema seeking capital city should be located in their region, as Kurnool was capital before formation of Andhra Pradesh with merger of Andhra and Hyderabad states in 1956. They also insisting that they should be given assured 200 TMC water for ongoing irrigation projects in their region.

As leaders failing to resolve contentious issues by sitting together and national leadership is also not showing such interest,  state president G Kishan Reddy is facing embarrassing situation. Even he earlier had offered to resign from the post, but the central leadership asked him to continue. As the center promised to form separate state committees soon, he is feeling his position is temporary arrangement and completely ignoring party mechanism in other regions.

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