The UPA Coordination Committee will meet on July 31 to finalise its stand on the vexed Telangana issue amid indications from Congress that carving out a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh is a foregone conclusion and that complexities involved in the process will be adequately addressed.
Depending on the outcome of the UPA Coordination Committee meet in Delhi, a meeting of the Congress Working Committee may be convened.
Senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh said that creation of a separate state appears to be a fait accompli but the party will have to address complications attached with it.
In Hyderabad, TRS leader Jagadish Reddy said his party was opposed to proposals like Rayala Telangana under which two of the four districts of the Rayalaseema region will be part of Telangana. The TRS wants Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital.
MIM leader Asasuddin Owaisi asserted that his party was opposed to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and he would meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to convey their strong concerns over the proposed split.
Asked about the division of the Rayalaseema region, he told PTI,"Where is the question of this when we are totally opposing any division".
Protests continued in the Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts in support of a united state.
With the top Congress leadership appearing to have veered towards creation of Telangana, Congress MPs from rest of Andhra Pradesh have opposed any division of the state while a party MP from Telangana region had said that the government should go ahead with the decision.
The six anti-Telangana MPs, including Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, K S Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a delegation to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
The MPs told Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if the state is is divided.
BJP for expeditious formation of Telangana
Amid indications by government that it would soon take a decision on the Telangana issue, BJP today favoured an expeditious formation of the separate state.
"We support Telangana cause. The BJP is committed to form the state. Government should grant it immediately," party chief Rajnath Singh told reporters after attending the BJP's SC Morcha National Executive meeting here.
Maintaining the party's position on the vexed issue, he said Telangana statehood will become a reality if BJP comes to power at the Centre after the general elections.
Singh's statement came at a time when Congress has decided to convene the UPA Coordination Committee meeting on July 31 to take a view on the Telangana issue.
The BJP had accused the ruling party of dilly-dallying on the matter.
Andhra Pradesh Congress leaders are divided on the issue.
Opposing any division of the state, Congress MPs from rest of Andhra Pradesh including Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, K S Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday in a delegation to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
The MPs have told Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if Andhra Pradesh is divided.
TRS opposed to 'Rayala Telangana' proposal
TRS today said it was opposed to the reported proposal to form 'Rayala Telangana' state (by including two districts of Rayalaseema in the proposed Telangana state).
"TRS wants Telangana with ten districts and Hyderabad as its capital. We are not ready to accept other proposals. Who asked for this Rayala-Telangana?" TRS leader Jagadish Reddy told reporters here.
Meanwhile, a scheduled press conference of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao was cancelled today. However, Reddy said it was a routine matter.
AP Irrigation Minister against the formation of Telangana
Andhra Pradesh's Irrigation Minister T G Venkatesh on Sunday vehemently opposed the creation of separate state of Telangana.
Speaking to the mediapersons here, he said that certain vested interests belonging to various outfits had conveyed a wrong message to the High Command of the ruling Congress party.
"Public also voted the Telugu Desam party (TDP), YSR party and o a small extent Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TSR) also. So it would be looking like that public also indirectly accepted because these parties have agreed to give the Telangana. So a wrong message will go to the High Command (of Congress party)," said T G Venkatesh.
Further he said the division of Andhra Pradesh would adversely affect the interests of the people in Rayalaseema, which is also a drought-prone region.
He also noted that in the interest of unified Andhra Pradesh, he would sacrifice anything.
"We have said any sacrifice for the sake of united Andhra we are ready. We want to be in the party and our demands will continue," he added.
The Telangana Movement was organized to support the creation of a new state from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh. The long-standing demand of the people behind the movement has been that a separate state was the only solution to ending the neglect and exploitation in the region.
The demand for the separate state has witnessed violent protests and political power play, with hundreds of lives lost between 1969 and 1972.
Congress MPs from Telangana have so far accused the Centre of following what they call a 'one-step-forward-two-backward' approach when it comes to addressing their demand for a separate state.
The Centre's flip-flop over the issue began in December 2009 when the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram promised the formation of a new state only to go back on it after a few days.
The issue was later pushed before a committee headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna. This panel did not come up with a tangible solution, but instead presented six options.
These included the creation of a Telangana Regional Council within Andhra, bifurcation of the state into Telangana with Hyderabad as the capital and Seemandhra with a new capital; bifurcation of the state into Seemandhra and Telangana after making Hyderabad a Union Territory; bifurcation of the state into Seemandhra and Telangana with enlarged Hyderabad metropolis as a Union Territory; bifurcation of the state into Rayala Telangana and Coastal Andhra; and maintenance of status quo.