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Hectic lobbying seen in the national capital on Telangana issue

July 11, 2013
Hyderabad

With the recent remarks of the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh who said that a decision cannot be delayed whether a decision to carve a separate Telangana State or keep the State united gave rise to expectations that the Congress Core Committee that will be meeting on Friday at 5pm will take a final decision.

Digvijay Singh said that the both the options were still on the table and promised that there would be no ambiguity in the decision when it is finally taken. The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana and Deputy Chief Minister C Damodar Rajanarasimha will attend the meeting and it may be recalled here that the three men had been asked to prepare roadmaps on the strategy of the party and the government could adopt in mind the possibility of these two options. Apart from members of the Core Committee, the Union Minister for Health Gulam Nabi Azad, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shine and AICC vide-president Rahul Gandhi will attend the meeting.

With the general elections that coincide with the State elections in the State of Andhra Pradesh which is less than a year, there is a compelling reason or the UPA government to act.

Hectic activity seen

Leaders made a beeline for New Delhi on Thursday both for and against separate Telangana in anticipation of the Core Committee meeting will take a final call on the issue. Both camps held strategy meetings on how they should present their case to the leaders who were likely that the roadmaps to the party top brass. Seemandhra leaders are seen at the residence of Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao while Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar hosted the Telangana leaders.

It is learnt that the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to have pleaded for keeping the State united and had assured the high command that the will ensure that the Congress gets a minimum of 20 Lok Sabha seats and 150 Assembly seats despite TRS and YSRCP factors in the next general elections. It is learnt that the Chief Minister had reportedly conveyed to the leadership that it would be more advantageous for the Congress if the State was kept undivided as the factors of YSRCP and TRS can be effectively tackled.

Congress MP and TTD Chairman K Bapiraju said that 'we will finalize the course of action after the Core Committee members speak out their mind on the issue' while a member of the PCC'S co-ordination committee member Shabbier Ali said that 'we know that the Congress high command will decide in favour of Telangana'

Seemandhra Students JAC calls for bandh on Friday

The Samaikyandhra Students Joint Action Committee has given a call for bandh on Friday demanding the Centre to keep the State united. The Student JAC convener Lagudu Govinda Rao said that the bandh would be organized in a peaceful manner in all the 13 districts and 14 universities in Seemandhra. He demanded that the 27 MPs and 177 MLAs of the region should resign if the Centre fails to keep the State united.

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