The Congress is now facing a challenge from within on the Telangana statehood issue as party leaders from the region have gone public to say that their party will create the separate state.
Telangana Congress leaders organised a rally in Hyderabad on Sunday, when a resolution supporting ‘separation as the only solution’ was passed. “No alternative to a separate state will be acceptable to us,” read minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah.
However, addressing the rally, leaders said the final decision would come from party president Sonia Gandhi.
The decision on Telangana has been pending since December 2009, when the Centre announced and then retracted on a commitment on the separate state. A series of all-party meetings to arrive at a consensus proved unavailing.
Even as Telangana leaders seemed upbeat about the success of the rally, their counterparts in the Rayalseema-Andhra area are insistent on keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
In Vishakapatnam, Digvijaya Singh, who is in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, had to encounter this demand. Students blocked Singh’s way out of the airport, petitioning him for a clarification on the party’s stand on the matter.