Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha and APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana have been summoned to New Delhi by the Congress leadership.
The direction comes in the light of the crucial meetings of the UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee slated on Tuesday ostensibly to take a call on the separate Telangana issue. The three leaders had been asked to be available to clarify doubts, if any, to be raised by the UPA allies or the senior members of the CWC. The invite to the Chief Minister comes in the backdrop of his reported disinclination to be a party to the bifurcation of the State. Mr. Kiran Reddy, in his presentation on the Telangana issue earlier this month, expressed reservations against division of the State claiming it would not help the party or the people.
He is learnt to have asked the leadership to delay the decision at least till the completion of the ongoing elections to panchayat raj bodies where the party registered impressive results so far. The high command, however, appeared to have decided to expeditiously resolve the Telangana imbroglio and hence, the hurriedly convened the meetings belying expectations that the issue would be dodged for some more time. The APCC president is already camping in New Delhi while the Chief Minister and his deputy are expected to reach the capital well ahead of the meetings of the allies and CWC, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. respectively.