As the UPA Government gears up to push the Telangana Bill through, in Parliament, various political parties and leaders of both the regions are indulging in hectic lobbying for and against the division of Andhra Pradesh.
Senior Congress leaders had a two-hour long meeting with MPs from both the regions and asked them to help the government function smoothly in Parliament.
Seemandhra MPs have expressed their apprehensions and gave suggestions on various issues regarding their region. Senior leader Digvijay Singh assured the Seemandhra MPs that their views will considered by the Union Cabinet.
However, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy did not attend the war room meeting as it was only meant for MPs from the state. He was closeted with the Congress party leaders from Seemandhra region in AP Bhawan and discussed the strategies to stall the division of Andhra Pradesh.
While TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu were busy meeting a number of leaders of national political parties, some TDP leaders from the Seemandhra region even fell at the feet of Union Minister and member of GoM on Telangana, Jairam Ramesh pleading him not to divide Andhra Pradesh.
During the meeting of the GoM on Telangana in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), TDP leaders from Seemandhra staged a ‘dharna’. One of the MLAs even rolled on the ground when the car of another Union Minister V Narayanasamy was being driven into the MHA, while few other TDP legislators damaged the red bacon atop his vehicle. Later, the city police arrested them. Leaders from both the regions are also gearing up to stage dharnas separately herey.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has convened a meeting of Andhra Pradesh MPs on Wednesday morning.
Earlier on Tuesday, Rao led a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted a memorandum with nine demands. Emerging out of the meeting, he said that the Prime Minister is seriously committed to introducing the Bill in Parliament.
On the other hand, Naidu met BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, CPI leader AB Bardan, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh and RJD leader Lalu Prasad. Mulayam said his party would not support the Bill in Parliament.