New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday rejected its senior
leader K Keshava Rao`s contention that lack of clarity in the
party on Telangana issue led to its debacle in Assembly
bypolls in Andhra Pradesh but admitted the situation in the
state was "serious" and the results were on expected lines.
"I do not accept at all that there is no clarity in the
party on Telangana issue. The party did have clarity on it.
Congress general secretary in-charge for the state has been in
touch with all stakeholders. The party has been keeping a
watch on agitations going on there and we will take proper
steps at appropriate time," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi
told reporters here.
He, however, added that in Telangaa "the problem is
serious. The results were not unexpected."
His reaction at the AICC briefing came soon after
outgoing Rajya Sabha MP from Congress K Keshav Rao suggested
that lack of clarity in the party on Telangana issue let to
the party`s rout in the bypolls to seven seats.
"...Unfortunately while the Congress party could not give
clarity on Telangana, TDP could not give clarity on Telangana,
one party (TRS) said we are with Telangana today and they have
won. They (BJP) are the only national party which said they
stand by Telengana.
"They are now back with a bang and have won the election
though they have no ground at all in Mehboobnagar" Rao told
reporters outside Parlimaent.
Asked what the party felt will be the "appropriate time"
to spell out a decision on Telangana, Alvi merely said,
"appropriate time will come only at an appropriate time".
To a question on whether Telangana issue will be decided
by the second State Reorganisation Commission (SRC), Alvi said
that it did not apply to Telangana, which is different from
other such demands.
Asked whether Andhra Pradesh is going the Uttar Pradesh
way for Congress, where it is out of power for more than two
decades, Alvi replied in negative and added that even in UP,
the party has got more number of seats and vote percentage in
this assembly election.