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YSS dinner diplomacy failed
Narendra Ch | 23 Feb 2008

The dinner diplomacy between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and senior Congress leaders from Telangana region , led by Congress Working Committee member G. Venkataswamy, at the latter’s residence on Friday night to bring about an

YSS dinner diplomacy failed
Narendra Ch
The dinner diplomacy between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and senior Congress leaders from Telangana region , led by Congress Working Committee member G. Venkataswamy, at the latter’s residence on Friday night to bring about an
The dinner diplomacy between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and senior Congress leaders from Telangana region , led by Congress Working Committee member G. Venkataswamy, at the latter’s residence on Friday night to bring about any rapprochement between the 'warring parties' on the Telangana issue. 
Senior Congress leader M. Satyanarayana Rao put the much-hyped meeting this way: "Operation success, patient dead." While making it clear that he was in now way coming in the way of separate Telangana, chief minister once again refused to take up the issue of the region with Congress preaident Sonia Gandhi.
 
He repeated his old song that “the issue is with the party high command and I can’t influence it’s decision on Telangana. He told them “if you could get Telangana from the party high command, I have no objection.” Asking the rebal party leaders to persuade their agenda of Telangana state, chief minister advised them not to come open with statements which may create confusion among the people.
It may be recalled that when Rajasekhara Reddy sent a word to Venkataswamy inviting him to his home to discuss the issues, the later invited him to his home so that to discuss issues with all the senior leaders of the Telangana region. More than a dozen leaders, who have been airing their views favouring Telangana state were present.
These leaders recently camped at Delhi for a week seeking an appointment with Sonia Gandhi to impress her on the need for the party to take immediate decision on Telangana. But with insults they return back as Madam did not given them an opportunity to meet.
Now the Telangana leaders decided that they will not go Delhi till they get a call from Sonia Gandhi herself. The leaders, who decided to go to the public for Telangana by organizing a public meeting at Bhongir on March 10, later decided to postpone the meeting to March 24, inview of Sonia Gandhi’s publilc meeting in Hyderabad on March 14.
The Chief Minister, who reached Venkataswamy’s house at 9.10 pm, spent over one-and-a-half hour with the seniors. His close companion and government advisor K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, who arranged the meeting, was present.
Venkataswamy told reporters at the end of the meeting that the Chief Minister was only willing to convey their "feelings" to the high command but not speak to Sonia Gandhi on Telangana issue. "We will continue our fight both in Hyderabad and New Delhi till Telangana is achieved," he asserted. They reportedly pleaded with the Chief Minister not to mix "development with sentiment."
 
"We are not disputing the fact that lot of development works have been launched in the region. But Telangana sentiment is totally different and it should not be linked with development," they said. They also wanted the Chief Minister to ensure that his "supporters" did not make adverse comments either against them or Telangana.
 
"This is unfortunate. Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy did not say anything on the statehood issue except repeating that he would convey the sentiments of the Telangana leaders to party high command," Venkataswamy said.
 
The dinner meeting was attended by Telangana Congress leaders including U Purushottam Reddy, P Goverdhan Reddy, Sarve Satyanarayana, K R Amose, B Kamalakar Rao, K Sridhar Reddy, T Indrasen Reddy.
 
Venkataswamy said their fight would continue till the Telangana state was achieved. Since the setting up of a second SRC was ruled out, carving a separate state was the only option, he added.
 
He reiterated that YSR's cooperation was necessary to get a separate Telangana state. Describing that denial of an appointment with party president in Delhi last week as a painful experience, he said, "we will continue our endeavour to meet the party president till we get an invitation from 10 Janpath.
Senior leaders felt that the dinner meeting once again revealed that Rajasekhara Reddy is remained as the main hurdle for creation of Telangana. They recalled that all the leaders in Delhi suggesting them their cause would be easier if a positive signal is shown by the chief minister.(EOM)