Hyderabad: The Congress has an uphill task: It has to bifurcate the state and also keep the Seemandhra people happy.
It has an equally important target- that of winning more seats in the state to be in the reckoning post-2014 elections.
On the other hand, at the state level, TRS seems to be averse to join hands with the Congress. And passing the Bill in Parliament will not be possible without the cooperation of BJP and other Opposition parties at the Parliament.
It is however believed that TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao is trying to raise his bargaining power with the Congress high-command. According to reports, KCR wants to think of merger with Congress only after Telangana Bill is passed in the Parliament.
And of late, KCR is buoyed by the recent opinion polls (India TV- TimesNow) which said that TRS will get 13 seats out of 17 in Telangana. TRSLP leader Etela Rajender has indicated that TRS will sail alone in the elections and is not going to merge with any other party including Congress. He said that TRS will have to be there to undertake reconstruction of Telangana. Following Rajender’s assertion, spokespersons of TRS are talking of ‘Bangaru Telangana’ In TV debates following TRS leaders.
And BJP leaders of Telangana are not ready to give credence to these opinion polls. BJP MLA from Mahboobnagar, Yannam Srinivasa Reddy said, “every party will have its own blue print on development of Telangana and KCR cannot have a patent on the same.”
TRS spokesperson Dr. Sravan said,”In any movemen tacorsss the world, the torch-bearer will be remembered by the people. Telangana people are emotional. They will not care for caste equations. KCR will be in their hearts forever.”
And Congress was sufficiently fore-sighted to popularize a slogan “It is Congress which will bring Telangana, it is Congress which will give Telangana” well before it took the T decision through CWC, on July 30, 2014.
And it seems, the efforts by Congress’ Delhi managers to bring KCR on board, have not succeeded so far.
Congress General secretary in-charge of state affairs Digvijay Singh has said his party hopes to pass the Telangana Bill in Parliament if other parties cooperate. He might have had TRS and BJP in his mind. May be, other big parties like SP are not in favour of smaller states.
If one goes by the indications emerging from the first of a series of ‘Telangana Jaitra yatra’ at Bodhan, Nizamabad, Congress leaders did not mention TRS or its leaders anywhere in their speeches.
State Panchayati Raj minister K. Jana Reddy in fact, blew the poll bugle at the Bodhan meeting by asking people to ensure Congress wins 90 Assembly seats out of 119 seats in Telangana.
Speaking before him, former minister and MLC Shabbir Ali asserted that future Telangana Chief Minister will be decided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Addressing a press meet on Friday, TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu said his six-day long Delhi fast was a success and went on to criticize the Manmohan Singh-led Government at the Centre, saying files signed by Prime Minister of the country are now untraceable.
BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to Chennai, took potshots at the UPA government at the Centre, saying the Manmohan Singh-led government is in the ICU.
And on Friday evening, Seemandhra Union ministers Kavuri, Kotla, Pallam Raju, Kishore Chandra Dev, Jairam Ramesh and JD Seelam met members of the GoM and requested them to make Hyderabad as a Union Territory. Jairam Ramesh is a Rajya Sabha member representing Andhra Pradesh.
Naturally, only thing, or people who can be controlled by the Congress party, are its ministers at the moment.
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