Press Esc to close
Thursday 17 August 2017
News updated at 2:53 AM IST

Poll factor weighs high on T-row

New delhi, July 21, 2013, DHNS 2:15 IST
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
A street memorial is lit during a candlelight vigil for Elvis Presley in front of Graceland...

A street memorial is lit during a candlelight vigil for Elvis Presley in front of Graceland...

Festival goers participate in a color party at the 25th Sziget (Island) Festival...

Festival goers participate in a color party at the 25th Sziget (Island) Festival...

Manchester City's Phil Foden, right, duels for the ball during the Costa Brava trophy friendly...

Manchester City's Phil Foden, right, duels for the ball during the Costa Brava trophy friendly...

A zoo keeper holding the 2.5-month old Borneo Orangutan baby 'Hujan' in her arms in Krefeld...

A zoo keeper holding the 2.5-month old Borneo Orangutan baby 'Hujan' in her arms in Krefeld...

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel wave the Tricolor and perform Bhangra as they...

Border Security Force (BSF) personnel wave the Tricolor and perform Bhangra as they...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah...

A model walks the ramp during Lakme Fashion Week displaying Ritu Kumar's collection in Mumbai...

A model walks the ramp during Lakme Fashion Week displaying Ritu Kumar's collection in Mumbai...

: Flood-affected villagers commute to safer places using a boat at Morigaon district in Assam...

: Flood-affected villagers commute to safer places using a boat at Morigaon district in Assam...

Monkeys playing with a water pipe near Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Wednesday

Monkeys playing with a water pipe near Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Wednesday

Flamingoes preening in their enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 16 August 2017.

Flamingoes preening in their enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 16 August 2017.

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.