In a no-holds barred attack, Union tribal affairs minister Kishore Chandra Deo has held his colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad responsible for taking a “hasty decision on Telangana” in view of the 2014 polls.
As the Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh for nearly two years, Azad is believed to have held wider consultations on the issue with all stakeholders. He was divested of the charge in June after an organisational reshuffle.
“Unfortunately, the feeling among the people persists that the outgoing general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh had a pre-determined mind and went about doing things in a pre-planned and clinical manner,” he said in his note to the four-member Congress panel headed by defence minister AK Antony.
“This apprehension got embedded in people’s minds because his consultations involved only a select few from Telangana and the PCC president,” he said.
Deo, an MP from Araku in Visakhapatnam, later told HT that Azad had never consulted him on the issue. “Being a senior Congress leader of the state, I consider myself one of the stakeholders. But I was never consulted despite my repeated requests,” he claimed.
In his six-page note to the Antony committee, Deo also attacked state CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and state Congress president Botcha Satyanarayana for “sponsoring and encouraging violent agitations” in the state.