As the one-month deadline set by home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for solving the Telangana stalemate is set to lapse on January 27, lobbying is at its peak in New Delhi.
Politicians and leaders of other groups favouring and opposing Telangana statehood are currently camping in the national capital to do their bit. While the leaders from Rayalaseema and Andhra, mostly from the Congress, have been meeting the Delhi leaders including Shinde, Digvijay Singh and Vyalar Ravi, the pro-Telangana leaders including the ministers in the state cabinet too, have been trying to meet the high command to ensure that the Centre’s decision goes in favour of Telangana. In fact, even as the Andhra leaders were trying to meet President Pranab Mukherjee to press for maintaining status quo in the state, the Telangana leaders are confident of getting a decision in favour of the statehood.
However, sources said, the high command is, for now, in favour of the statehood, notwithstanding the high-decibel lobbying being carried out by the anti-Telangana groups. The leaders from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions too are ‘hopeful’ of the state remaining unified and said to have not elicited any assurance from the high command on the issue.
Meanwhile, the pro-Telangana groups are sustaining their pressure on the government by claiming that the Telangana movement would be stepped up after the expiry of the deadline. Various unions, including the Road Transport Corporation, non-gazetted officers and other government employees are currently engaged in strategy sessions to chart out their next course of action, in case the Centre does not yield to the demand.
According to sources, “We are told the home minister (Shinde) is going to Bangladesh on January 27 and would be back only on January 30. So, there are indications that a formal announcement would be made on January 27. There is also an indication that the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi would make the announcement .”