Replying to questions, there are “so many issues” but a decision was taken on Tuesday in favour of Telangana.
The decision to clear the path for Telangana was taken at a meeting of the coordination committee of the UPA, sources told Hindustan Times. This meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) where the party is expected to endorse the formation of Telangana state.
A formal announcement will be made after the CWC meeting. There was no clarity on the status of Hyderabad. There is a proposal to include two Rayalseema districts in Telangana.
Telangana state will comprise 10 districts with Hyderabad as its capital. The Congress leadership has reportedly dropped the proposal for Rayala-Telangana, comprising Rayalaseema and Telangana in view of strong opposition from leaders of both the regions. It is also understood to have given up the idea of union territory status to Hyderabad due to reservations by Telangana leaders.
The other state comprising Rayalaseema and Andhra regions is likely to retain the name Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is likely to be made joint capital of both the states for few years till Andhra Pradesh develops its own capital.
BJP demands bill on Telangana during Monsoon session
The BJP has charged the Congress with “dilly-dallying” on the issue and demanded that the UPA dispensation not just make an announcement but bring a bill on it in the monsoon session of Parliament.
“There has been a demand for giving statehood to Telangana with Hyderabad as the capital and an integral part of the state but Congress has been dilly-dallying on the issue. We do not know what it is going to do. Congress has betrayed the people of the region for the last 56 years,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The remarks came even as Congress top brass is engaged in a series of discussions on the issue amid indications that an announcement is imminent.
“We reiterate our demand for Telangana. We don’t want Congress to only make an announcement but also bring a bill in Parliament in the monsoon session,” Javadekar said, adding that it will be passed by both Houses.
The BJP MP recalled that Congress had made an announcement in Parliament on December 9, 2009 that the process of formation of Telangana has begun. “Three and a half years have passed since then but nothing has been done. The government has betrayed the people,” he said.
Andhra CM Reddy junks reports that he will quit
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kirankumar Reddy has dismissed as “rumour” reports that he has threatened to quit if the Congress gives its nod for formation of a separate Telangana.
“It’s all rumour,” he told reporters when asked about the reports.
Reddy’s clarification came after his hour-long meeting with AICC general secretary (in-charge Andhra Pradesh) Digvijaya Singh.
Reddy, who hails from Rayalaseema region, is said to be strongly opposed to the division of the state.
Congress leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions had held closed-door meetings with Reddy on Monday in Hyderabad.
‘Why Telangana report was not discussed in Parliament’
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has questioned why the Union government did not table the Srikrishna Committee’s report on Telengana before the Parliament for discussion.
Srikrishna Committee on Telangana or the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP) was a committee headed by former chief justice BN Srikrishna to look into the demand for separate statehood for Telangana or whether to keep Andhra Pradesh united in its present form.
TDP MLA Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, who is also the party’s Krishna district president demanded that the union government reveal the status of the report.
He alleged that the union government is preparing to take a unilateral decision without considering the pros and cons of bifurcating the state.
He also demanded that the union government must not take a decision against the wishes of the people of the Rayalaseema region.
Sources said a special Cabinet meeting has been convened on Wednesday morning but did not disclose the agenda.
A routine meeting of the Cabinet has been convened for Thursday.
Earlier on the day, the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) unanimously endorsed the creation of a separate state of Telangana.
1. If allowed, Telangana would be the 29th state of Independent India.