UP resolution: T-supporters cautiously await Centre's response

While they are happy that the Telangana argument has "become stronger" with the Mayawati government's move, a section of them are apprehensive that it could also lead to another argument on the need for constitution of the second States Re-organisation Commission.

The UP resolution has triggered a debate in all political parties in Andhra Pradesh on whether it will really help the Telangana cause.

"It is a clear diversionary ploy by Mayawati on which the Centre need not act," said Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who is strongly opposed to the bifurcation.

"The argument for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has now become stronger with the UP resolution. But it could also lead to another argument, logically, about the need for constituting the second States Re-organisation Commission since there is demand for creation of other states like Vidarbha, etc. This could delay the process of Telangana and people of the region might face a little difficulty on this," Telangana protagonist and analyst Prof Haragopal told PTI.

"By getting a resolution for division of UP adopted in the Assembly adopted, Mayawati won a point ideologically over her political rivals. The BJP, which was supposedly in favour of smaller states, stood exposed. Now, both the Congress and the BJP have to take a stand on smaller states," Haragopal adds.

Former Home Minister and Telangana proponent T Devender Goud feels the UP resolution would certainly help the Telangana cause.

"What Mayawati has done is a good thing. It will strengthen the Telangana cause and the Government will now be forced to take a quick decision on Telangana," the Nava Telangana Praja Party chief said.

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