Thursday 17 April 2014
News updated at 9:29 PM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.4°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Poll factor weighs high on T-row

New delhi, July 21, 2013, DHNS
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde

Signalling that a decision on the Telangana issue was not far away, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday held discussions with Andhra Pradesh Director-General of Police Dinesh Reddy on the law-and-order situation in the state.

Shinde is also understood to have sought an assessment from Reddy about the fallout of the Centre’s decision if it decides to carve a separate Telangana state or keep Andhra Pradesh united.

The Congress has also entered the final round of intra-party consultations on the vexed issue, even as the pro-Telangana factions and those in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh mounted pressure on the central leadership for their respective demands. The Telangana issue is expected to be discussed at the Congress Core Group meeting on Friday next, where a date for the Congress Working Committee is likely to be finalised.


The intra-party meetings on the issue are likely to take place next week once AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh reaches the capital.

A senior Union minister said the Congress and the government were under tremendous pressure to expedite a decision on the Telangana issue.

“They have to take a decision either way soon. This issue cannot be dragged on for long, as the electoral fallout would be bad for the Congress,” said the minister, a new entrant to the Union Cabinet.

A possibility widely discussed is the formation of a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as the joint capital of the two states for a period of 15 years. But this proposal has run into stiff opposition from those favouring united Andhra Pradesh.  The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has said that Hyderabad as a joint capital or a Union territory is not acceptable to it.

A section of the Congress leadership believes that the party will have to pay the electoral price for the indecision on the vexed issue. If the state remains united, the Congress is likely to cede ground to the YSR Congress Party launched by renegade leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

There is a view in the AICC that the party can regain some lost ground by forming a separate Telangana state and benefit electorally in the region.

The creation of Telangana state is a one-point agenda of the  Telangana Rastra Samiti, led by K Chandrashekhar Rao . Once that is done, Rao has promised to merge his party with the Congress.

However, the Congress has also been encouraging the TJAC to come to the forefront on the issue and hoping to project a separate Telangana state as a fruit of their efforts, in case a decision to split Andhra Pradesh is taken.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523