The Centre may come out with a clarificatory statement to bring the situation in the Telangana areas under control as the pro-Telangana activists, including MLAs, Ministers and MPs, have been demanding a time frame for going ahead with the process of setting up the separate State.
“It may be issued in a day or two and we are firm on the continuation of the process of forming the separate State, bifurcating the existing Andhra Pradesh,” said a senior Union Minister, categorically on condition of anonymity. “There is no going back on the issue as the decision had been taken after proper consultations,” he added.
Asked about the demand from certain quarters to keep the State under President’s rule or the Assembly under suspended animation, he said such a move would not bring results. “It will only aggravate the situation.”
The Minister denied that the Centre had given additional charge of Andhra Pradesh to Chhattisgarh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is a former IPS officer of A.P., and ex-director of the Intelligence Bureau, keeping this (President’s rule) in mind.
Meanwhile, nine of the 13 Telangana Ministers, who quit their posts in solidarity with the pro-Telangana activists, met Union Law Minister M.Veerappa Moily and Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and pressed for the need to announce a time frame for the Telangana process. Some of them remained in the capital to meet Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram and other party seniors.
Briefing journalists, Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Minister D. Sridhar Babu denied that they were blackmailing the Congress and the Centre with their resignation decision. They also ruled out reversing their decision to quit unless the Centre announced a categorical time frame or gave a positive statement to everyone’s satisfaction.
“We are not blackmailing. There is nothing called blackmailing in politics. We are putting forward our demands to our central leadership about the sentiments. This is not blackmailing,” Mr. Babu said.
Asked whether the Ministers suggested any time frame to the Central leaders, he said it was a constitutional mechanism. “Time frame is known according to the machinery. We need an early resolution.”
To another question he said they had sent their resignation to Ms. Gandhi because it was she who gave them ticket to contest the elections and made them Ministers. They were ready to give their papers to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah when the time came or if he sought so.
On the charge that they had brought the government machinery to a halt affecting the people greatly with their resignation, Mr. Babu said every government was committed to proceed according to the wishes of the people. When the wishes of the people were granted then everything would be back to normal, he said.