It’s now clear that the beleaguered UPA will not take up Telangana issue in the near future, but TRS leaders still hope to get a favourable statement, if not a T-state.
The fire is gone from his brand. The TRS patriarch, K Chandrasekhar Rao, who now wants dialogue and discussions rather than street violence, has decided to stay put in Delhi and continue to canvass for T statehood. But as of today, the UPA has not indicated it was ready to grapple with the issue and take a decision.
The Centre is caught up in far more serious issues than Telangana, central leaders impressed upon KCR. On Saturday too, KCR made a vain bid to extract a favourable statement from Union minister and in-charge of AP affairs, Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Speaking to Postnoon from New Delhi, KCR’s close aide and party politburo member B Vinod Kumar said that the party chief would continue to hold negotiations with Congress leaders in New Delhi.
“Our negotiation process is still on. We will continue to hold discussions with Congress leaders. There is a conducive environment in Delhi for creation of a separate Telangana state,” he said. Vinod said that the Congress had asked KCR to wait for a month to take a decision on the Telangana issue. “We think the mega event (CoP-11) is one of the important reasons for this,” TRS leader G Kishor Kumar told Postnoon on Saturday.
No scope for violence, says TRS
“We will not go into agitation mode. Instead, we will continue to hold our agitation in a peaceful manner like what we have been doing since the formation of our party,” said another TRS leader. However, he refused to comment on the rift between the TJAC and TRS.
On the other hand, the Cabinet ministers from Telangana, who successfully negotiated with the chief minister to allow the T-march on Sunday, are jubiliant with their success.
“Earlier, Telangana supporters asked us to resign from our posts. If we had resigned, we would not have succeeded in convincing the chief minister to allow the Telangana march,” minister for women and child welfare V Sunitha Laxma Reddy told Postnoon on Saturday.
Even as the police and State administration are watching over the preparations of the T-march in the north-western part of the City, trouble broke out on OU campus, where a determined students’ JAC defied warnings and broke through the police barricade. Police bid to dissuade the protesters by firing teargas shells proved futile and some 300 students, giving full vent to their lung power, ran through the police line which led to cane-charging and firing of rubber bullets. It was all smoke and mayhem at the NCC gates. Protesters and police were engaged in a pitched battle at the time of going to press. — Rahul Ramakrishna