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Telangana ‘splits’ Andhra Congress

The students’ agitation for a separate Telangana has divided the Congress camp in the state.....

The students’ agitation for a separate Telangana has divided the Congress camp in the state. While certain pro-Telangana leaders in the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) have demanded that the government make its stand clear on the issue,some want the government to table a Bill for separate Telangana in the forthcoming Assembly session.

Sources said Chief Minister K Rosaiah’s comments that Congress president Sonia Gandhi was apprised of the situation and that she would take a decision has not gone down well with some Congress leaders including APCC president D Srinivas who hails from Nizamabad in Telangana.

“The state Congress cannot simply wash its hands off the issue by putting it in Sonia Gandhi’s hands. Our government should make its stand clear,address the issue by tackling it head on rather than dodging it,” a source said.

The fissures were visible when APCC general secretary G Niranjan shot off a letter to the Chief Minister requesting him to move the Telangana Bill in the winter Assembly session which starts December 7.

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In a strongly-worded letter Niranjan wrote: “The movement for separate Telangana has sustained for the last half century in spite of coercive methods used by successive governments to put down the movement. The present movement,thoroughly in the hands of angry young students who are sacrificing their future and careers for separate Telangana,clearly shows the feelings of the Telangana people and their strong wish for a separate state. We cannot shirk our responsibilities by saying that this is in the hands of Sonia Gandhi.”

Several Congress MLAs from the Telangana are learnt to have approached the CM to give a public statement about the government’s stand. “There are 52 Congress MLAs from Telangana and many of them are feeling the heat from people of their constituencies,” an APCC source said. Congress MLAs from Telangana met student leaders at the APCC headquarters on Friday to discuss the issue.