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Telangana tangle is not yet over for Congress

Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 10:02am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

After handling the crisis created by Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) on the issue of Rayala-Telangana and sending the state reorganisation bill on Telangana to president Pranab Mukherjee, another set of fresh troubles is staring at Congress’ face.

Come Monday and the Congress may have to again go into crisis management mode to quell the rebellion within as 11 of its 17 Seemandhara MPs will take a final call on Monday to resign from the Lok Sabha membership.

Unlike the drama played out in August this year that the Congress’s high command had managed to avert, the threat looks much real this time as Andhra’s bifurcation has put the whole political career of Seemandhra MPs at risk.

Tourism minister Chiranjeevi has already written to Sonia Gandhi with a request to ensure that the resignation letter he had submitted in October was accepted.

Adding to the problems of Congress are the new set of objections raised by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on some provisions of the Telangana bill, especially the ones related to the governor’s powers over greater Hyderabad that will be the joint capital for 10 years, and sharing of financial obligations.

But what is more worrying for the Congress is the lurking danger of MPs carrying out their resignation threat and some of them flocking to join YSR Congress where YS Jaganmohan Reddy is already preparing for a bigger kill.

Jagan is trying to garner support from several political parties to take the battle for Unified Andhra to the larger arena of parliament. He met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday evening who assured him support and seeking an amendment in Article 3 of the Constitution that gives the centre overriding powers to decide on bifurcating of states.   The fear that a similar act can be played out in UP by the centre in cahoots with BSP chief Mayawati to weaken Samajwadi Party brings Akhilesh and Mulayam  closer to Jagan’s cause.

Jagan has already met West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa to lend him support to oppose the Telangana Bill in the parliament.


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