Ties in knots

FINALLY, THE Telangana Rashtra Samiti and Congress came up with a formula to stick together and fight the coming elections against the Telugu Desam-BJP combine. However, the formula continues to be a mystery . Neither TRS leader Chandrashekar Rao nor APCC President D. Srinivas or even Y.S. Rajashekara Reddy are prepared to spell it out.

"At an appropriate time," is their reply to persistent questions. But that has not stopped the contradictory statements. While Rao insists the Congress had accepted the report of the First State Reorganising Commission that called for a separate Telangana State, senior Congress leaders have flatly denied the claim.

"We have only agreed for reconstitution of a Second States reorganising Commission," is their refrain. They also made it clear no assurances were given to TRS on forming a Telangana State and no resolution would be passed in case the combine comes to power, much to the consternation of Rao and his followers.

The BJP, meanwhile, has tied itself into knots trying to justify its "one vote - two States" slogan coined by the State unit a few years ago while at the same time sailing with its ally TDP which is firmly against any such divisions. "Telangana issue is different from a separate State!" is their explanation without saying anything about the status of the resolution. Whatever it is, will it at least muster courage to take action against A. Narendra now grandly sailing with TRS?