HYDERABAD: With the air being thick with expectation that by-elections for the six Telangana and one coastal Andhra Assembly seats might be announced anytime, the TRS, the BJP and the CPI are planning to use the Assembly as a platform to further their common cause— statehood for Telangana.
Leaders of the three parties, who met on Monday evening, decided to have floor coordination to raise the Telangana issue whenever an opportunity came their way. Besides insisting on adoption of a resolution, the three parties will press for a thorough debate on the demand for statehood. With chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy already ruling out adoption of any resolution on Telangana, saying the matter lay in Centre’s jurisdiction. Nevertheless, he said the government was willing for a discussion on the issue.
The three parties will try to hold the government to its promise of a debate on Telangana as they want to expose how the Congress belied the expectations of the people of Telangana and how Telugu Desam abetted it. The TRS is already on the job with its leaders slamming the state government as well as the TDP branding them as Telangana betrayers.
The Telangana TDP leaders are in a fix now with by-elections being round the corner. With their leader N Chandrababu Naidu not uttering a word on Telangana, the party’s legislators do not know how to convince people they are more committed to the Telangana cause.
The way the Telangana MLAs made their entry into the House on Monday, indicated the kind of confusion in their approach to the issue. Some carried banners on Telangana while others took up people’s issues such as soaring prices.