Kiran emerging as rallying point
The Central Ministers and the MPs from Seemandhra region who had to face the ire of the APNGOs on Thursday are now looking towards the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy who has been openly expressing his opposition to the decision taken by the Congress Working Committee to bifurcate the State.
- Central Ministers, MPs look up to CM for future course
- Drawn by his open defiance of party decision on bifurcation
- Believe whoever defies party line on T would emerge a hero
- Predict President’s rule; idea of floating new party gains currency
Hyderabad: The Central Ministers and the MPs from Seemandhra region who had to face the ire of the APNGOs on Thursday are now looking towards the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy who has been openly expressing his opposition to the decision taken by the Congress Working Committee to bifurcate the State.
According to sources, they see Kiran emerging as a strong integrationist and are ready to take the plunge into the ongoing agitation once he takes a final decision. Though AICC general secretary In-charge of AP affairs Digvijay Singh had said that a Punjab-like situation would not arise in the State and that all party leaders would fall in line, speculations are rife that the party high command may go in for imposing the President’s rule in the state after the monsoon session of the Parliament comes to an end. This they feel is unavoidable since the Chief Minister has been utilizing all possible platforms to take a jibe at the high command’s decision to carve out the separate state.
In such an eventuality, the Seemandhra leaders are said to be contemplating to float a new party called Samaikyandhra Indira Congress party. This would help them save their political future, the leaders feel. Though this proposal was mooted a few days back, so far it has been in a nascent stage.
But now that Sonia Gandhi herself made it clear that there was no question of going back on the decision to divide the State, the law-makers are said to be formulating next course of action. It may be recalled that a survey report submitted by the Chief Minister to the Antony committee recently had indicated that the people in Seemandhra region were seething with anger and that the party would be routed in the region. He even said that the Congress vote share had fallen from 30 per cent to 10 per cent in the region. This being the situation, the Seemandhra leaders feel that whosoever defies the party now would emerge as heroes and they would be able to save their political fortunes.