Congress MPs from Andhra, Telangana regions fault one another for the turmoil in State

HYDERABAD: Congress MPs from Andhra and Telangana regions blamed each other for the difficult situation in which the party finds itself, at separate meetings with AICC general secretary M. Veerappa Moily in New Delhi.

Those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema said the present woes were on account of MPs from Telangana extending support to the cause of TRS and voicing their opinions publicly. The Telangana MPs told Mr. Moily that they were strongly in favour of a separate State in view of the tense situation after the indefinite fast undertaken by TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Curiously enough, Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy was present at both meetings.

Sarvey Satyanarayana, MP from Malkajgiri, reportedly said the time has come for creation of separate Telangana without awaiting a consensus. He is understood to have remarked that when consensus could not be arrived in the issue of revival of Legislative Council in Andhra Pradesh and categorisation of Scheduled Castes, the Centre had gone ahead with its decision.

Heightened tension

He said that elected representatives from Congress were unable to move in the region because of the heightened tension. Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy echoed similar sentiments.

Mr. Moily is understood to have remarked that nothing could be done in the tense situation. “No decision can be taken by the high command in such a situation. If we yield to the pressure of KCR, some other people will come up with another demand,” he was quoted as telling the MPs.

Two MPs from Telangana – G. Vivekananda and K.Rajagopal Reddy – expressed doubts whether some forces within Congress were backing KCR. They were said to have remarked that after the general elections, KCR was completely down. They did not rule out some forces trying to cash in on the situation in wake of political vacuum created after the death of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

At the meeting with MPs from Andhra and Rayalaseema, which was also attended by political secretary to the AICC president, Ahmed Patel, a strong protest was lodged at the manner in which some Telangana MPs were giving provocative statements. “Why are these leaders allowed to speak at will? Is the party discipline only for leaders from non-Telangana regions,” an MP said. If no statements were made from either side, things would return to normal.