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Congress dumps Telangana issue

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J. Balaji

It is not the only important issue in the country, says Veerappa Moily

Party cannot risk a misadventure on Telangana: AICC secretary

Dismisses reports of the isolation of the Congress on the issue

NEW DELHI: The Congress seems to have dumped the separate Telangana issue on the ground that “there is no political consensus” and instead decided to “expose” the double standards of the Opposition on the matter.

The party claimed that there were many important issues before it and Telangana was not the only one.

‘No hasty decision’

All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh M. Veerappa Moily told The Hindu from Mangalore that the party could not risk a misadventure on Telangana because there were so many similar demands for creation of separate States like Darjeeling, Bundelkhand, Vidarbha, Harit Pradesh, etc.

“If you divide Andhra Pradesh and form Telangana don’t you think that they too would raise their voices,” he sought to know. That was why, the Congress, being a responsible national political party, did not want to take any hasty decision on the issue. “We are for a national political consensus on the issue; this was mentioned even in the national common minimum programme of the UPA. The parties which did not cooperate when we sought support for the issue are now coming together with elections in mind.”

He dismissed reports that the Congress would get isolated if it did not announce separate Telangana before the next Assembly/Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh, in view of the alliance forged by the TDP, TRS, CPI and CPI (M). They were using the issue as a “fuel” for their political journey.

Where were they, including the BJP, when the Congress government tried to arrive at a political consensus on the issue and sought their support. “You cannot cheat the people always by adopting double standards,” he said.

Blames TRS

Mr. Moily went hammer and tongs against the TRS, the friend-turned-foe of the Congress.

He blamed it for deserting the Congress after winning the polls in 2004 with the latter’s support and said if the TRS was really interested in Telangana it should have remained in the UPA and helped the government arrive at a national consensus. Instead, the TRS has joined hands with the TDP which was strongly opposing separate Telengana until recently. To a question, the Congress leader said the party had “enough ammunition” to hit out at combined Opposition and Praja Rajyam.

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