A nervous Congress decides to wait & watch
Two days after the Congress-led UPA government announced the decision to split Andhra Pradesh to carve out Telangana state, the revolt in its unit in the southern state has left the party nervous.delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2009 00:24 IST
Two days after the Congress-led UPA government announced the decision to split Andhra Pradesh to carve out Telangana state, the revolt in its unit in the southern state has left the party nervous.
The priority of the Congress brass, which appears to have adopted a wait-and-watch policy, is to defuse the tension among the pro- and anti-Telangana factions in Andhra for which it desperately wants to buy time.
One of the options is to set up a second states reorganisation commission (SRC). It could help the party stall what has emerged as a contentious decision.
On Friday, party leader Digvijay Singh made the demand. "It's time to set-up the second SRC. More than half-a-century has passed since the first commission was formed in 1955," he said.
The demand, said a party leader, was aimed more at neutralising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's demand for trifurcation of the state than addressing the Telangana issue.
But a senior party person, who didn't wish to be identified, said second commission would “open up Pandora’s box”.
Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, also the party in-charge of Andhra, is understood to have backed the second SRC in meetings with party colleagues.
The party is cautious. “At the moment it is wait-and-watch on both, Telangana and the SRC,” a party leader said.