Meeting held to discuss statehood issue and developmental programmes
Virtually putting Telangana statehood issue in the backburner, Congress MLAs from the region are gearing up to chant the ‘development mantra'.
With development and welfare programmes taking a backseat in the last couple of months, more so due to the general strike, Congress MLAs are now convinced that benefits targeted at the poor should reach them in time. Towards this end, they have convened a meeting here on Friday to discuss the statehood issue and the developmental programmes, said Alair MLA B. Bhikshamaiah Goud. However, sources said that some first-time MLAs were firm that developmental and welfare programmes had to be brought back on track. “We have to extend cooperation to the government in ensuring the success of Rachabanda programme starting in November as it will lead to issuance of new ration cards and redressal of grievances,” a senior Congress MLA remarked.
The MLAs assert that there is no change in their commitment to Telangana issue and that they would continue to pressure the Central leadership for an early decision. It is understood that the MLAs have also decided that it would be better if they stopped criticising Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.
Formation Day fete
Meanwhile, Telangana Ministers are hoping that some clarity would emerge at Saturday's Cabinet meeting on whether or not the Ministers or Collectors should hoist the national flag on the AP Formation Day celebrations on November 1.
A number of them have requested the Chief Minister to authorise the Collectors to unfurl the national flag. “We have conveyed our compulsions to him.
If the government issues a GO it will be good. Otherwise, we will stay away from the celebrations to avoid being targeted by Telangana protagonists,” a Minister told The Hindu .
He said the Ministers feel that the government could revert to the old system for at least this year to give respite to them.