Centre cannot further delay Telangana decision

The Congress Party needs to take a firm call on the Telangana issue, one way or the other.

If the Telangana issue is on the boil again, with seven of its own MPs threatening to resign from the Lok Sabha, blame for it lies with the Congress-led government at the Centre. Seeking to dodge the issue by one means or another has been the United Progressive Alliance’s primary strategy in dealing with the demand for a separate state to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

This was on show again when the Union government failed to adhere to its earlier decision of taking a call on the issue by January 28.

It is highly significant that the aforementioned decision was taken at an all-party meeting convened by the Centre in the last week of December.

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Why Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde should have made such a commitment when he wasn’t sure of honouring it is difficult to explain.

This has become somewhat of a practice with the Congress. The intensity that the statehood campaign has taken would have never come to be were it not for the announcement in December 2009 by then Home Minister P Chidambaram that the process for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was getting under way. The Union government may gone back on this announcement within weeks but the expectations that this raised among supporters of the Telangana cause has kept the fires burning since that time.

This is not to deny the complexity of what is at stake here. With there growing a substantial campaign against Telangana in the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of the state, the Congress party is indeed caught between a rock and a hard place.

But the way out of this imbroglio is not by putting off the decision for a later day but by taking a firm call on it, one way or the other.

Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.


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