Special correspondent

HYDERABAD: Differences have cropped up once again in the ruling Congress over the stand to be taken on the GO 610 issue.

The Government decision to implement the GO in toto by this month-end and the agitation launched by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in this regard has sparked a wordy duel between the Congress leaders of Andhra and Telangana regions.

While the Telangana Congress leaders are in favour of implementation of the GO, the Andhra leaders are supporting the AP NGO leaders in demanding a status quo.

Political leverage

Telangana Congress leaders are apprehensive that the outbursts of Congress leaders against the GO might give political leverage to the TRS leaders at this juncture to the detriment of their own interests.

They fear that joining the issue with the TRS would only amount to falling into the latter’s trap as TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s very move is aimed at raising the pitch of the argument.

The dharna staged by Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal recently, along with the AP NGOs in Vijayawada against the GO, has not gone down well with the Telangana leaders here. Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao has already appealed to Mr. Rajagopal not to provoke Telangana people or the TRS with “unwarranted comments” keeping in view the latter’s broadside against the TRS leadership.

Palvai Goverdhan Reddy, MLC, too joined the issue and warned Mr. Rajagopal against making provocative statements.

The lack of a direction from the AP Congress Committee (APCC) on this burning issue is adding to the confusion in the party in spite of the fact that Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has affirmed that the Government would not go back on the implementation of the GO.