Indicating at the possibility of the Congress high command’s decision on Telangana issue coming anytime now, AICC state affairs incharge Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana to defer the proposed “regional convention” of the party in Vijayawada scheduled from January 7.
Azad’s advice came soon after the party core committee headed by AICC supremo Sonia Gandhi had on Thursday discussed at length the ways to solve the Telangana issue.
The core committee is understood to have reviewed the political situation in the state and weighed various options to resolve the state bifurcation demand.
According to sources, announcement of a financial package and setting up of a regional development council with statutory safeguards are the foremost amongst the options. This newspaper has earlier reported this.
Soon after the meeting, an AICC functionary who took part in it divulged that the party leadership has made up its mind on how to solve the T-issue. He also said that a decision would be taken in the next 10 days.
A Seemandhra leader, who was in Delhi on Thursday night, told Express that the Congress high command had decided to announce a package for the Telangana region.
“The announcement could come anytime. If at all the decision is announced before January 7, the high command is apprehending that during the proposed regional meeting in Vijayawada, Seemandhra leaders might celebrate it as a victory for them, which in turn would hurt the sentiments of Telangana people. That is why the AICC leadership has asked Botcha to postpone the convention,” said the leader.
Meawhile, PCC chief Botcha confirmed that Azad had asked him to defer the regional convention.
“The AICC state incharge called me tonight (Thursday) and told me that he would not attend the meet on January 7 as he has got some official work. Hence, I told him that we would postpone the meeting to a later date as per his convenience,” the PCC chief said.
On the other hand, during the core committee meet, which lasted for 45 minutes, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde briefed the AICC supremo and other key leaders about the views expressed by various political parties in the all-party meeting conducted by him on December 28, over Telangana issue.
Defence minister AK Antony and Union finance minister P Chidambaram, AICC AP affairs incharge Azad and AICC emissary for the state Vayalar Ravi took part in the meeting. AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, who earlier looked after party affairs in the state, and Sonia’s political secretary Ahmed Patel were also present.