Telegana top priority of Cong after Cabinet rejig
With the resignations of several MPs, MLAs and ministers from Andhra Pradesh causing concern, the Government is expected to hold intense consultations.
New Delhi: With the resignations of several
MPs, MLAs and ministers from Andhra Pradesh causing concern,
the Government is expected to hold intense consultations in
the coming days to tackle the ticklish issue of separate
A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified,
said the top priority of the party and the government after
the Cabinet reshuffle was to deal with the Telangana issue.
He declined to hazard any guess as to what solution could
be found out but insisted that the Government would have to be
a "bit concrete" about its plans to address concerns of all
He said with the monsoon session of Parliament scheduled
to start from August one, the matter could become serious if
the government failed to come out with some solution in the
He said possible options could be speaking of a time-bound
solution to the vexed issue, keeping the city of Hyderabad
"open" and forming a state reorganisation commission.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi
said, "The only option is balance, patience and not queering
the pitch by provocative statement either from this podium or
from your fraternity."
Noting that the Congress and the government were not
unaware or ignorant about the sensitivities and sensibilities
of the issue, he said, "We are also aware that the atmosphere
is surcharged. We understand the emotions."
Goud indicated that Congress leaders from the region
seeking statehood are not willing to join the Telangana
political Joint Action Committee in organising joint
"Since Congress is spearheading the movement, they have
decided that we are open for coordination, not joining at this
point," he said.
The JAC currently comprises TRS, BJP and a number of
Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy, a
prominent Telangana Congress leader, said they are trying to
achieve separate statehood through democratic and peaceful
means and by convincing the party high command.