T-ministers are a worried lot due to pressure from grassroot cadres.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee’s call to boycott the ruling Congress leaders during Dussera is giving sleepless nights to T-Congress MLAs and ministers.
Ministers, particularly, have become a worried lot. They are facing a lot of pressure from the party’s second-rung leaders and grass root cadres on the separate Telangana issue. Besides, the continuous demand from T-JAC leaders that the T-ministers should mount pressure on their party high command to ensure that the separate state becomes a reality is also multiplying worries of the ministers.
To ward off the trouble to an extent, a few T-ministers met with party AP in-charge and Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday morning. Major and minor irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy and civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu, panchayat raj minister K Jana Reddy and BC welfare minister B Saraiah apprised Azad about the problems that were being caused due to the inordinate delay in announcing the decision of a separate state.
“Our only concern is that we are facing lot of pressure from our supporters in our Assembly constituencies. They are constantly telling us of their inability to mingle with people because of the party’s attitude on a separate Telangana. We want our party high command to immediately make its stand clear on Telangana. This would not only help us keep our heads high but also allow us to meet our people,” BC welfare minister B Saraiah told Postnoon.
Information technology and communications minister P Laxmaiah hoped that the Congress leadership would take a favourable decision on the issue of a separate Telangana.
“Emotion on a T-State is very strong. Our party high command has taken cognisance of these emotions and the problems being faced by us. The Telangana people will soon hear the good news on formation of a separate T-state,” he said.
‘i Challenge Seemandhra leaders’
Another senior leader of the party and former BC commission member V Krishna Mohan Rao criticised the attitude of the party for causing confusion among the people of the region. He doubted that the party high command was still under the influence of Seemandhra leaders, who he says have become an obstacle in the formation of a separate T-state.
“I am challenging all seemandhra leaders whether they can ensure the victory of Congress without forming Telangana. But we will ensure our party’s victory if the Telangana state is created,” he said.
He said that the confusion created by the high command is weakening the party in T-region and warned that the Congress would be reduced to a nought if it continues dilly dallying on the Telangana issue.