While one group of leaders have pledged their support for the march during CBD, others are requesting T-JAC postpone it.
The proposed Telangana March by T-JAC on September 30 has virtually divided the Congress party. While a section of Congress leaders has exhorted the T-JAC chairman Kodandaram to postpone the march till the prestigious Convention on Bio-diversity is over, the other section has not only publicly pledged its support to the march but also said it would actively take part and mobilise public for the march.
The die-hard supporters of the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had already appealed to the T-JAC leader to postpone their march, made a fresh appeal on Wednesday for the same. Congress MLA from Medchal K Lakshma Reddy said, “As leaders from this region, we are not against the Telangana march. But we want to request Prof Kondandaram to postpone the march till the mega event, CoP-11 ends. If the march is held as scheduled, it will create a poor impression about the City on leaders and delegates from 190 countries.”
Hardcore supporters of Telangana like former CWC member K Keshav Rao and Rajyasabha MP, P Govardhan Reddy, while extending their full support to the march, announced that it can’t be postponed at any cost. “The CM called me up to negotiate with the T-JAC leaders to postpone the march. And the home minister met me in person with the same request. But I categorically told the CM that the march can’t be postponed as it was too late to do that,” Keshava Rao said. On the other hand, the Cabinet ministers from Telangana also seem to be ignoring the CM’s directive.
Many Cabinet ministers from Telangana are taking his dictum lightly except home minister Sabita Indra Reddy, who seems to be making some efforts by holding meeting with various T-organisations.
Chief whip, Jayaprakash Reddy came down heavily on T-JAC leaders and said that Prof Kondandaram and TRS president K Chandrasekhar would be held responsible if any unfortunate incident would take place during the Telangana march.
“How can the T-JAC leaders achieve a separate Telangana state by holding the State at ransom? You can’t find a solution in a jiffy for an issue like a separate state that has been simmering for more than 50 years now,” Reddy said.
The issue is being hotly discussed in the corridors of power and it appears employees too are divided on the issue.