With the adamant and non-cooperative attitude of the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to facilitate smooth bifurcation of the state to create a new state of Telangana, the Congress high command appears to be seriously considering the option of brining the state under President rule. While Congress president Sonia Gandhi is determining to keep up her word for bifurcation, Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday assured his cabinet colleagues from Seemandhra region that he will not allow the process to move ahead till he is in power.
Congress high command is suspecting that Kiran Kumar Reddy is only motivating government employees and other sections of population in Seemandhra region to go on for a agitation. The employees and teachers were on for an indefinite strike since August 13. The state owned road transport buses are not plying. Every day massive demonstrations are being witnessed in all 13 districts of the region demanding the Centre to uphold the unity of the state.
The party central leadership has not taken kindly to the threat held out by the Chief Minister that he would not mind quitting if the Centre went ahead with the process of Telangana state formation. An indication of the high command’s mind was available on Monday when AICC spokesman Sandeep Dikshit said it was up to the Chief Minister whether to continue with his post or quit. “It is his (Kiran) personal decision; we leave it to his discretion, it is an issue between him and the high command,” said Dikshit, while replying to queries from media persons in Delhi.
What assumed significance was Dikshit’s reiteration that the Congress party was committed for Telangana state and there was no question of going back on it. The AICC general secretary said that the Antony committee would elicit opinions on five to six subjects. Later, its report would be included in the draft Bill on Telangana, Dikshit explained.
Referring to Seemandhra leaders' comment that the note of CWC on Telangana should be torn off, Dikshit said: 'It was their personal opinion'. He further said that Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar had not accepted the resignation of Seemandhra MPs till now. “I have no information on their resignations. Till now they were not accepted; perhaps they may have withdrawn them,” said Dikshit.
Dikshit, however, refused to comment on the resignation of Andhra Pradesh Minister P Vishwaroop saying that it was a State related matter. Vishwaroop tendered his resignation in support of Samikyandhra cause. Pradesh Congress Committee President Botsa Satyanarayana who called on another senior leader Digvijay Singh in Delhi too learnt to have taken Kiran’s outbursts to the former’s notice. The Congress high command seems to be waiting for the next moves of Kiran, before acting against him.
Though the party leadership is proposing for a change of chief minister, it is fearing that in the present emotional environment no one may prefer to join in the new cabinet from Seemandhra region. So, it is reportedly planning to go on President Rule for two months and during this time it may move ahead on Telangana bill.
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