Congress leaders of Andhra Pradesh are expecting their party high command to end the procrastination over the Telangana issue and announce a roadmap for the future, most likely before the end of October.
A highly-placed source with access to the thinking of top Congress leaders said the high command was in no mood to delay its decision since it had completed comprehensive consultations with senior party men from both regions. Even on Tuesday, a senior AICC functionary indicated to a State party leader who called on him in New Delhi that the Congress leadership might take another ten days to announce its decision.
All the inputs needed for taking a well-reasoned decision were available with the members of the Congress Core Committee and other Central leaders in the government after their interactions earlier this month with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, all the Union Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, party MPs, and other key leaders from both regions.
The sources said the high command was convinced that nothing new would come out of further consultations and it was time to end the prevailing uncertainty by restoring the focus on development instead of allowing divisive tendencies to gain an upper hand.
But the sources could not indicate the Centre’s mind — whether it was in favour of separate Telangana or to keep the State united. However, the constitution of a second State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) or carving out Rayala-Telangana which would include Kurnool and Anantapur were not among the options under any serious consideration.
The signals emanating from New Delhi are that the issue would be placed before the Congress Working Committee (CWC) before making any announcement to ensure that the wisdom of a wider body was available and to deflect likely criticism that a small group of leaders had taken the decision.
Once the announcement was made, the Congress leadership would brook no dissent from within. There was every likelihood of trouble on the law and order front, but the State government would be expected to firmly handle any situation arising out of the announcement, the sources said.
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