With the state Assembly scheduled to meet on Friday after Sankranti recess, frayed tempers are once again expected to dominate the discussion on the Telangana draft bill.
Telangana lawmakers are angry with their Seemandhra counterparts for their move to seek more time from the President for completing the discussion on the bill. They have already decided to write to Pranab Mukherjee requesting him not to extend the deadline beyond January 23, following reports from Delhi that the President might consider giving 10 more days.
According to sources, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has not yet written to the President in this regard. He is of the view that there is still time for it. Seemandhra leaders say they would request the Chief Minister to send the letter through the Speaker.
Meanwhile, the news from Delhi that the deadline might be extended is causing ripples in the Telangana camp.
On Thursday, Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy said all Telangana lawmakers would write to the President that there was no need to extend the deadline. He described as a conspiracy the attempts of the Seemandhra leaders to seek an extension. He suggested to the legislators to utilise the time available till Jan 23. Venkataramana Reddy said the T-legislators would foil the attempts to pass a resolution in the Assembly seeking more time. Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy, referring to the move by Seemandhra legislators to propose amendments, said no one had the right to do so as the scope was limited to expressing one’s opinion. On extension of deadline, Jana Reddy said he would react when a demand is made.
Rebels Denied Entry
The Telangana-Seemandhra divide is costing the Congress more than it could bear.
Apprehending confrontation from Seemandhra MPs over the bifurcation following party MP Lagadapati Rajagopal’s letter, the Congress high command has decided not to invite rebel MPs to the session. In a letter to AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi, Rajagopal sought permission to move a non-official resolution against the division of Andhra Pradesh.