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Murky Telangana muddle

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 2:06pm IST | Agency: DNA
Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday staged a protest in Delhi and met president Pranab Mukherjee, urging him to use his power to stop bifurcation of the state. As the Telangana issue hots up, dna looks at the major players and cards they hold.

Stakeholders in Andhra Pradesh

Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (Chandrashekhar Rao)
2 MPs are on his side in addition to 15 MLAs. He spearheaded the movement for separate Telangana and, along with the Congress, stands to gain if that happens. Telangana area sends 17 MPs to Lok Sabha.

32 MPs in united Andhra Pradesh, but some have left after the party’s separate Telangana move. The Congress is likely to ally with TRS and stands to gain from Telangana area

YSR Congress Y Jagan Mohan Reddy
3 MPs and 17 MLAs back him and industrialist SPY Reddy from Nandyal constituency has also joined him. Holds huge influence in Seemandhara area. He initially supported formation of Telangana, but later spoke in favour of a united Andhra

Telugu Desam Party Chandrababu Naidu
6 MPs and 90 MLAs support him. Initially he favoured a separate state, but then opposed it on technical grounds, saying Telangana Bill has not divided Andhra Pradesh properly

Kiran Kumar Reddy
He asked every MLA to reject the Telangana Bill, defying the Congress diktat. The CM is gaining ground in Seemandhra; political pundits say he is emerging as Congress’s B Team.

119 MLAs belonging to Telangana voted in favour of the Telangana Bill whereas the others opposed it
295 seats in AP assembly

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