However, despite Union Minister and AICC General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad dampening the spirits of separatists over the likely delay in taking a firm decision on Telangana statehood, there seems to be still a flicker of hope among the Congress leaders from the region that the issue would be resolved during the next 48 hours.
There is no denial of the fact that while Azad’s remark over the deadline on T had come as a rude shock to the Congress leaders from the region, it had definitely brought a big relief to the people in the Seemandhra region. However, leaders from both the regions are not leaving the matter to chance and hence continuing their efforts to mount pressure on the Central leaders by staying put in the national capital to ensure that the State is either bifurcated or retain its status quo.
It is pertinent to mention here that as the Congress High Command continued to dilly dally in taking a firm stand either to bifurcate or retain its present status, Congress leaders, especially from the Telangana region, have been hunting for safer decks to save their political career.
Komatireddy meets KCR
The very fact that a former minister and Congress MLA from Nalgonda district Komatireddy Venkatreddy this morning called on TRS president K.. Chandrasekhara Rao triggering off speculations that he might jump into the pink party. It is also rumored that his brother and Lok Sabha member Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy is also waiting for an opportunity to defect to the TRS.
As a matter of fact, the Telangana Congress MPs, who held a meeting in the residence of Manda Jagannatham, in the national capital, decided to wait till January 28, the deadline set by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to resolve the T crisis, and then take drastic measures to achieve their goal.
Expressing their strong protest over Azad’s comment about possible delay in taking a final decision on T statehood, the T MPs felt that the statement made by the AICC General Secretary only harmed the interests of the party in the State. They also accused the Seemandhra leaders of putting spokes in resolving the crisis. The Congress leaders, especially the MPs from the region, are calling on TRS Chief KCR to chalk out plans to achieve their goal. However, they made it clear that they would not join TRS for the moment.
The T Congress MPs further said that once the Central leadership makes its stance clear either to carve out a Telangana State or retain the present status, then they would all sit together and chalk out their plan of action, including resigning from the party and Parliament.
Speaking to the media after meeting KCR at his residence in Hyderabad, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who had quit his ministry for the sake of Telangana, blamed the Seemandhra leaders of creating hurdles in the formation of a separate State. If the Central Congress leadership does not come out with a solution, they would be compelled to take tough and drastic steps to achieve Telangana, he explained that he had met KCR with this agenda only.