Govt defers Telangana call
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With a section of Congress MPs from Rayalseema and coastal Andhra regions said to be biding for an appropriate time to switch over to Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress, the ruling dispensation at the Centre is learnt to have decided to declare its stand on the issue of Telangana statehood only after the Budget session of Parliament.
Congress strategists, said sources, have decided to avert any political crisis in the forthcoming session of Parliament given that Finance Minister P Chidambaram would be presenting the UPA II's last full Budget ahead of the next general election. He would also be driving the message home how the Congress-led regime has managed to bring the economy back on high growth trajectory when many other major economies in the world continue to reel under crisis.
As reported by The Indian Express, the ruling party is reconciled to the inevitability of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh given the long history of agitation for Telangana statehood, which refuses to die down. The inclination to announce statehood for Telangana also comes in the context of the politically precarious situation the Congress finds itself in the state today.
As for the delay in announcement, the party leadership is learnt to be apprehensive about half-a-dozen MPs who, as per their feedback, have already made up their mind to join the YSR Congress and it is only a matter of time when they announce it. If they time their rebellion to look like an act of sacrifice for united Andhra, it would have a considerable ripple effect hurting other political stakeholders as well. The Congress can ill afford to have any such political development to cast a shadow on the Budget session.
As Kiran Kumar Reddy government in the state also seems to be living on borrowed times, the Congress high command is said to be wary about the timing of the Telangana announcement.