New Delhi, Dec 6 (): Congress did a flip-flop on Telangana after the exit poll surveys predicted a sweep for BJP. Congress earlier put out a Rayala Telangana by adding two more districts from the Rayalaseema region.
Yesterday, the new state of Telangana had 10 current districts only, something that BJP has been asking for. If BJP sweeps four of the five states, then smaller parties will side with the BJP on the issue of Telangana.
A bill that clears Telangana with 10 districts will be India’s 29th state, has to now go to the President, after which it will be presented in the Parliament. Andhra Pradesh after the bill is passed will have Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
The Congress wanted to annex two districts from Rayalaseema. That would have given Telangana and the Andhra Pradesh state an equal number of seats in parliament and the legislature. That could have given gains for the Congress, which is banking on Telangana to vote for the party for creating the statehood.
KCR’s TRS called for a bandh in Telangana to oppose the addition of two districts. Telangana people grouse is their jobs, water and other resources have been exploited by the two regions of Andhra Pradesh. The capital Hyderabad in the deal becomes a shared capital and it is governed by the Governor of the new state.
In 2009, the then Home Minister P Chidambaram said that Congress was committed to Telangana. Congress has been wavering on the issue. Telangana Rashtra Samiti was losing ground to the Congress after the resolution, the Congress flip-flop has given TRS the opportunity to assert that it can protect the demands of the people of Telangana by calling for a bandh and as it ended, the Congress said it was going ahead with the original plan, which the TRS took credit.
The flip-flops showed that the Congress moves are arbitrary and not well planned. Congress would not have dropped the idea just because the Majlis or party leaders told them. A bandh would not make Congress to revert to the original idea if it was going to help them make gains by adding two more districts.
After December 8, Congress will not get support from the smaller parties. The support of the BJP committed to Telangana is needed to get it through in Parliament.