The State Congress in-charge Digvijay Singh remained in Delhi. Except expressing hopes for the alliance through media, stating that TRS Secretary General Dr K Keshava Rao is in touch with the Congress leaders, he did not take any other initiative in this regard.
On the other hand, in Seemandhra region with the former Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy deserting the party and moving to float his own regional out-fit and several former ministers and legislators are joining Telugu Desam Party, Congress party is being washed away. The party leadership is unable to face the anger generated among the people against the Congress for moving ahead with bifurcation.
Union ministers and other senior Congress leaders are confining to media exposures and doing nothing to initiate any dialogue with people of both the regions to assure people that the Congress will keep up their interests. This has been worrying Congress leadership that even after getting nod for the Telangana Bill by taking hard risks, the party failed to gain any political benefit in both the regions.
At this juncture, union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh, elected to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh and who had played key-role in drafting Telangana Bill, despite hailing from neighboring Karnataka, is seen as the only Congress leader who is taking lot of pains by moving in all the major cities in the state.
Last week he started his journey from Tirupati after offering prayers to Lord Venkateswara, then directly reached to Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad where he addressed a media conference where he attempted assure people of both the regions.
Ramesh's aggressive attitude towards TRS gave courage to many Congress leaders in the region, who came forward to speak against the alliance with TRS and showering confidence that Congress can win on its own and form the next government in newly formed Telangana state.
In the Seemandhra region, he visited major cities like Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Guntur, and attended locally arranged programmes and tried his best to claim that it was Congress's initiative that helped in providing 'special status' to the region. Such a status was so far provided only in hilly states and Andhra Pradesh will be the first state from the plain areas.
In Telangana region also, he visited Warangal and Karimnagar, the nerve centers for Telangana agitations and assured the people that the Congress only can meet their aspirations in the new state. In a move to corner TRS for going-back on its age-old promise that the first Chief Minister of the new state will be from dalit community, Jairam Ramesh indicated that a Dalit will only be made the Chief Minister of Telangana, if they attain the power in looming general elections.
He also attempted to woo voters by promising that the Congress will provide national project status to 'Chevella Pranahitha' irrigation project. It is yet to be seen how far his unilateral mission goes in bringing favors to the Congress in Andhra Pradesh.
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