Andhra parties dub Guv as `anti-Telangana`, seek his recall

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has become controversial for all major political parties, including the ruling Congress, in Telangana.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 16:01 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has become controversial for all major political parties, including the ruling Congress, in Telangana.

Congress, Telugu Desam, Bharatiya Janata Party and
Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders from the region have branded
Narasimhan as "anti-Telangana" and raised the demand for his
"immediate recall."

They allege that an "undeclared President?s rule" is in
force in the state as the Governor is running the "entire
show."

A former Indian Police Service officer of Andhra
Pradesh cadre, Narasimhan always remained in news ever since
he took over as full-time Governor of the state on January 22,
2010.

He was seen playing a more active role in the
administration when K Rosaiah was Chief Minister and the
agitation for Telangana was at its peak early last year.

He regularly visited New Delhi to meet Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and other Central
leaders and submit reports on the political and law and order
situations in the state.

The "police style of functioning" of Narasimhan,
however, has not gone down well with the separatist elements.

Now, what has angered the Telangana protagonists most
is the Governor’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi the
other day apart from his interaction with Manmohan Singh and
other Central leaders.

"In what capacity did he (Narasimhan) meet Sonia and
submit a report on the law and order situation in the state?
The Governor has been acting in an extra-constitutional manner
and an agent of the ruling Congress,? BJP senior leader
Bandaru Dattatreya asks.

Even the ruling Congress leaders from Telangana took
strong exception to the Governor?s meeting with their party
chief. "The Governor is clearly overstepping his brief," they
lashed out.
The Telangana leaders are incensed with Narasimhan as
they feel Central para-military forces have been deployed in
large numbers on Osmania University campus and other places
only at his behest.

TRS leader Nayini Narasimha Reddy said the state was
"already under President?s rule" as the Governor was ruling
the roost with the Chief Minister becoming "totally
ineffective."

PTI