Telugu Desam president’s meeting with Rajnath, Karat triggers alliance speculations

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met President Pranab Mukherjee here along with a delegation of party MPs and MLAs and urged him to immediately direct the Central government to hold talks with the representatives of the Seemandhra and Telangana regions to put an end to the ongoing stir and find a solution to the “burning problem” that has been created by the Congress vis-à-vis Telangana State announcement.

“..the handling of the sensitive issue by the Congress party with political motives has led to further intensification of agitations organised by the people themselves. This apathy has eroded the faith of the people in the political system which is not good for democracy,” he said in a memorandum to Mr. Mukherjee.

The TDP leader blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for failing to take a proactive role as a statesman to resolve the issue (in AP), and instead directing the APNGO leaders to meet the Antony Committee. Thus, the Prime Minister had treated the division of Andhra Pradesh as an internal affair of the Congress party and failed to find a solution to the crisis from the Government of India, he said.

TDP parliamentary party leader N. Nageswara Rao, who accompanied Mr. Naidu, said it was necessary to discuss the issue with various Joint Action Committees (JACs), civil society organisations and other stakeholders from both sides -- Telangana and Seemandhra regions.

Mr. Naidu also met BJP president Rajnath Singh and CPI (M) leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and discussed the goings on in AP and sought their support for finding a solution to the imbroglio.

Mr. Karat told journalists: “We are all concerned about the situation (in A.P.). We want an amicable and speedy resolution.” He asked the Central government to resolve the crisis.