Hyderabad: The Congress high command is
said to have engaged Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K
Chandrasekhar Rao in "private" back-channel talks even as
Andhra Pradesh continues to remain on the boil over the
vexatious statehood issue, sources said.
With its own party leaders from Telangana region
defying the leadership and taking to the streets demanding
creation of a separate state, the Congress high command is
apparently seeking to keep the leader in good humour to
contain the ongoing agitation and thereby buy some more time
to take a call on the issue.
A TRS politburo member and key aide of KCR said on
condition of anonymity that at least two "top leaders" of the
Congress have been "keeping in touch" with his boss ever since
the resignation of legislators from their posts on July 4.
Congress leaders here too feel that their high command
might have engaged KCR in secret negotiations going by the
"KCR has more inputs than us on what`s happening in
New Delhi. He always keeps a direct channel open with the
Delhi bosses," a senior minister, who is currently sitting on
a 48-hour fast seeking Telangana, said.
Interestingly, KCR had been maintaining a "strategic
silence" after having forced the Congress and the Telugu Desam
Party legislators to tender resignations though he too
followed suit rather reluctantly, he said.
The Congress high command, the sources said, put forth
two things before KCR: "Give us some more time to take a final
decision on the statehood issue and merge the TRS with the
"KCR is ready to accept the Congress` offer but he
wants an immediate assurance from the Centre that it will
abide by its December 9, 2009 statement," they said.