Did three senior Congress leaders from Kurnool and Anantapur, two of them ministers, give an oral or written commitment to the Central leadership that they are okay with the division of Andhra Pradesh if these two districts are made a part of Telangana State? ‘Yes’, if those in the know of things are to be believed.
While the Rayala-Telangana proposal itself was said to have been mooted by Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, the Congress leaders from Kurnool/Anantapur who nodded their heads to it are incidentally long-time followers of Jaipal Reddy.
They also said to include those having huge business interests in Hyderabad and belong to a community that is keen on retaining its control over politics even if division happens.
Meanwhile, minister TG Venkatesh, who has been quiet all these days when Rayala Telangana talk did the rounds, raised on Saturday his old demand that a Greater Rayalaseema state should be created.
This is being interpreted in political circles as a rethink by Congress high command on the Rayala Telangana proposal.