UP Chief Minister to introduce resolution in Assembly seeking division of State into four new ones

Telangana Congress leaders are upbeat over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's reported decision to introduce a resolution in the State's Assembly seeking division of the State into four new ones.

They are sure that the decision will have a bearing on the party high command's deliberations on the demand for separate Telangana and could yield a positive result for the ongoing struggle here.

Telangana Congress Steering Committee leaders who met at Panchayat Raj Minister K. Jana Reddy's residence on Monday evening, however, felt that the party leadership could postpone its much-awaited announcement in the direction of separate Telangana till Ms. Mayawati introduced the resolution on November 21.

The meeting is understood to have expressed concern over the delay in announcing the roadmap for formation of separate Telangana.

The leaders dismissed reports on creation of a new regional council, offering the Chief Minister's post to Telangana and other proposals as “mere rumours” and claimed that the high command had denied such moves.

MPs' take

The Telangana leaders, MPs in particular, are learnt to have decided against approaching the leadership repeatedly with the demand for separate Telangana.

“We have conveyed the aspirations of the people as well as the political situation several times. There is no point in repeatedly submitting reports on a day-to-day basis,” Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy said.

No reason

Asked whether they had contacted All India Congress Committee Andhra Pradesh affairs in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad to convince the fasting MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy to call off this fast, a senior leader said Mr. Azad could take the initiative in this regard.

But the Congress leaders, he said, saw no reason in requesting him to intervene in the matter.

Undecided

On the strategy they plan to adopt in the ensuing session of Parliament, Mr. Sukhender Reddy said the MPs were undecided on whether to boycott the proceedings altogether or attend the session only to insist on their resignations from the posts.