Will the Congress high command split the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) into Andhra and Telangana Congress committees before announcing its decision on the issue of state bifurcation favouring statehood to Telangana?
The possibility is being discussed by state Congress leaders ahead of the Congress Working Committee’s (CWC) meeting, which is expected to be held before August 5, on which date the monsoon session of Parliament will begin.
Party veteran and Rajya Sabha member Palvai Govardhan Reddy said his party leadership might split the PCC before dividing the state.
In fact, the Congress high command had already set up a separate Telangana wing within the party by constituting the Telangana Region Congress Coordination Committee (TRCCC) in 2001.
Though the committee had been active till 2004, it became defunct after the Congress came to power after the 2004 polls.
Many Telangana leaders feel their high command might revive the TRCCC first if the CWC meet decides to form T-state, and later split the PCC.
When asked, PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana said, “It is hypothetical question. First, let our party take the final decision on state bifurcation, later we can think about this. I can make one thing clear that our party leadership will announce its decision on the T-issue in an unambiguous manner very soon.”
Seemandhra meetings: Meanwhile, Seemandhra Congress leaders, who are apprehending that Congress leadership is leaning towards forming the T-state, have intensified their efforts to stall the process.
Minister Sake Sailajanath, who is heading the AP Congress Legislators Forum, on Sunday, said Seemandhra leaders of his party would hold a Samaikyandhra meeting at Anantapur two days before the CWC meet to convey their wish of keeping Andhra Pradesh state as it is.
“The proposed Congress Working Committee meeting would come out with a clear decision on Telangana. However, we are sure that our party leadership will take a decision keeping in mind the wider interests of the country,” Sailajanathsaid.
Seemandhra leaders are also preparing to hold another public meeting at Visakhapatnam soon, he said.