BJP Sets T-Goalpost for Monday - The New Indian Express

BJP Sets T-Goalpost for Monday

Published: 16th Feb 2014 09:26:08 AM

It’s turning out to be a cliffhanger. With merely five days left for the Parliament session to get over, the ‘birth’ of Telangana may be a touch and go situation depending on how the things turn out inside the House.

BJP does not want to play an adjunct, while Congress claims all the credit, so it is not likely give the Congress a walkover 100 days before the 2014 elections. As passions run high in Telangana and the Seemandhra, BJP speaks carefully. “We are for the bill, but it should be debated properly first and not rushed through in din,” a senior BJP leader said. The party says the process of bifurcation was not done properly as the concerns of Seemandhra have not been properly been addressed.

“We are saying it is still not late as issues such as creation of a capital for Seemandhra, separate High Court in Seemandhra, compensation, division of water and power should be resolved,” senior BJP leader said.

It’s the responsibility of the government to bring the house to order and then we will support, the BJP maintained. “And our leader has already made it clear even today it is not too late to provide a forum within or outside the parliament for a process of conciliation which can forthwith lead to the creation of Telangana while addressing the genuine concerns of the people of Seemandhra,” a BJP leader said quoting Jaitley’s statement on Friday.

There is a also strong view within the BJP that if the separate state was formed now then Narendra Modi-led next government would have trouble-free run, otherwise it will have to handle the Pandora’s box. “The bill has reached its final stage. It will be better if it’s passed,” a senior leader said.

Once formed Telangana would have 17 seats and Seemandhra 25. While the credit for Telangana may be shared between the Congress and TRS, it will fight for 25 seats where TDP and YSR Congress are trying. BJP hopes to tie up with TDP, while even keep YSR Congress on its side. BJP leaders felt that Congress’s game plan is to claim all the credit, while pinning blame on it for any problem if the bill was held up.

Sources said the government had already scripted a perfect strategy and it is going ahead with its implementation. However, a Union minister, who doesn’t want to be named, said that as far as Telangana Bill is concerned it is like T-20 cricket match situation for the government and anything can happen. But he reminded that India is world champions in the shorter version of cricket.

If the Centre is working overtime to get the Opposition on board with series of meetings of senior ministers with the leaders of Opposition parties it has still not listed the bill for discussion.  Sources said that the government wanted the Lok Sabha to have discussion and passing the Telangana Bill on Tuesday and the Bill may be listed in either Revised List of Business or Supplementary List of Business for Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

SCENARIO 1  Since most Seemandhra MPs are suspended from the Lok Sabha, Union ministers from the region would continue to create a ruckus in the well. They may quit from the posts. If they do, resignations will be accepted.

SCENARIO 2:  The JPC on Security will examine 26 issues on security measures, including frisking of MPs. If it takes away members’ right to rush to the well then the bill would be passed without disturbance.

SCENARIO 3: The Bill may still get stuck in the Rajya Sabha. The limited time frame is what the ruling side is racing against.

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