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Congress MLAs against pressing for resignations

SORTING OUT: Telangana Congress MLAs with K. Keshava Rao, MP and CWC member, after a meeting in Hyderabad on Monday.

SORTING OUT: Telangana Congress MLAs with K. Keshava Rao, MP and CWC member, after a meeting in Hyderabad on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Party leaders from Telangana ‘mum’ on whether they are still part of Joint Action Committee



They decide to intensify “lobbying” with the Centre urging it to take up follow-up action

‘Unilateral decisions’ taken by TRS and other constituents of JAC discussed at the meeting



HYDERABAD: Congress MLAs from Telangana have decided against pressing their resignations ahead of the January 28 deadline set by the Telangana Joint Action Committee to pressure the Centre to come out with a time-bound programme for formation of separate Telangana.

MLAs and MLCs from the region have also resolved not to set any deadlines to the party leadership for speeding up the process for formation of Telangana. They have, instead, decided to intensify “lobbying” with the Centre urging it to take up follow-up action on its January 5 initiative of holding discussions with all recognised parties on separate Telangana issue.

Several Ministers, MLAs and MPs have decided to go to New Delhi to explain the prevailing situation and convince the high command to clarify apprehensions being raised on the formation of Telangana State. After holding elaborate discussions on Monday, these leaders refused to say whether they continued to be the constituents of the JAC.

During the meeting, the participants deliberated at length about the unilateral decisions being taken by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders and other constituents of the JAC. The MLAs and Ministers in particular were learnt to have said that the Telugu Desam Party’s insistence on acceptance of resignations was more a “ploy to destabilise the government” rather than commitment to separate Telangana.

A majority of the Congress MLAs and MPs were said to have expressed concern over the TRS’ efforts to project itself as the champion of Telangana cause. This, they opined, would deny credit to the Congress leadership which took the initiative through the December 9 statement of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

Moreover, there was no point in revolting against the party at a time when the party leadership had initiated steps in the direction of according separate statehood to the region. It was, therefore, decided against succumbing to the pressure and setting any deadlines to the leadership.

Reasonable demand

Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and MP K. Keshava Rao told reporters later that the State Congress leaders’ demand for a “time-frame” was a reasonable one. “MPs and MLAs are little agitated and I have asked them to discuss the issue with the high command,” he said.

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