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Kiran bid to put T in slow motion
Meets Pranab, Digvijay, Shinde and asks them not to rush with T Note * CM says he is not sure of passing the T Resolution * 175 MLAs from...
Meets Pranab, Digvijay, Shinde and asks them not to rush with T Note
* CM says he is not sure of passing the T Resolution
* 175 MLAs from Seemandhra have resolved to vote against the resolution
* TDP and YSRCP have taken a U turn on bifurcation
* Seemandhra agitation is spontaneous and there is no political pressure
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy who had taken a public position opposing the bifurcation of the state is learnt to have told the party high command that he cannot ensure the passage of T-Resolution in the State Assembly in case the Centre wants to take forward the process of carving separate Telangana.
Kiran Reddy, who spent a busy day meeting President Pranab Mukherjee, AICC general secretary in-charge of state affairs Digvijay Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday, is learnt to have made it clear to all of them that 175 MLAs from Seemandhra region were opposed to the resolution and had resolved to vote against it even if they have to violate the party whip. If that happens, it will be bad for the party. He also made it clear that he was helpless in the matter. Therefore, he has urged the party leadership not to rush with the process of presenting the Cabinet Note and asking the State Assembly to pass the resolution.
Kiran’s meeting with the President of India assumes significance since Pranab Mukherjee is no stranger to the Telangana tangle, as he had headed the UPA sub-committee on Telangana in the past and dealt with the issue and as the government’s chief trouble shooter, he was conversant with the subtle nuances involved in it. At that time, Mukherjee had taken the position that Hyderabad should remain with Telangana. The Chief Minister is understood to have given an elaborate presentation on the various issues involved.
Soon after that, Seemandhra ministers from the state including S Sailajanath, Pithani Satyanarayana, Botcha Satyanarayana, Anam Ramanarayan Reddy met at A P Bhavan and resolved to wait for some more time before taking a decision to quit from the council of ministers. If necessary they would resign soon after the resolution was defeated in the Assembly. They were convinced that they would be led by the Chief Minister, sources said.
These ministers are of the view that CM’s strong opposition to the CWC resolution and his suggestion that the Centre should not rush with the resolution seems to have had some impact on the Centre. They said the fact that Digvijay Singh after meeting Kiran on Wednesday told media that interests of Seemandhra people were paramount to them since they had helped UPA to come to power twice was a clear indication that the Centre would not rush through the process.