Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress leaders`
attempt to push their high command to the wall on the
statehood issue appeared not to have made any immediate
The Congress leadership reportedly told the agitated
Telangana leaders that it was not ready to move ahead on the
issue "at this juncture".
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and AICC
general secretary (Andhra Pradesh affairs in-charge) Ghulam
Nabi Azad are believed to have told the ministers and MPs from
Telangana ? who quit their posts along with other legislators
from the region ? that the Congress high command will not take
any decision in haste on the statehood demand and that
"continued negotiations" are the only option for now.
Mukherjee reportedly was critical of the Telangana
leaders for having resigned from their posts and seeking to
create a crisis at a time when the Congress leadership was
dealing with much more complex issues.
Utterly dismayed and taken aback by the high command`s
cold response, the Telangana leaders will return to Hyderabad
to chalk out their fresh course of action even as they find
themselves pushed to a point of no return.
That their actions were not taken kindly by the high
command became evident to the Telangana leaders when Congress
president Sonia Gandhi reportedly refused an audience while
Ghulam Nabi Azad asked the 10 MPs, who quit, not to attend a
meeting with him this morning. Azad, instead, met only the
three ministers and an MLA from the region today.
The tone and tenor of the Telangana leaders at the
press conference in New Delhi, after a meeting with Azad this
morning, reflected their dejection over the turn of events and
their failure in extracting any specific assurance from the
Congress high command on the vexatious issue.
"We have been left in such a state by our leadership
that we cannot go forward or backward. Frankly, we lost our
battle at this stage," noted a distraught MP, requesting
The Congress leaders would confer with other Telangana
protagonists upon their return from New Delhi and take a call
on the next course of action, the MP said.