Political reactions started pouring in as the UPA coordination committee on Tuesday approved creation of a separate state of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, informed sources in New Delhi said.
BJP demands bill on Telangana during monsoon session
BJP on Tuesday charged the Congress with "dilly-dallying" on the issue and demanded that the UPA dispensation not just make an announcement but bring a bill on it in the monsoon session of Parliament.
"There has been a demand for giving statehood to Telangana with Hyderabad as the capital and an integral part of the state but Congress has been dilly-dallying on the issue. We do not know what it is going to do. Congress has betrayed the people of the region for the last 56 years," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The remarks came even as Congress top brass is engaged in a series of discussions on the issue amid indications that an announcement is imminent.
"We reiterate our demand for Telangana. We don't want Congress to only make an announcement but also bring a bill in Parliament in the monsoon session," Javadekar said, adding that it will be passed by both Houses.
The BJP MP recalled that Congress had made an announcement in Parliament on December 9, 2009 that the process of formation of Telangana has begun. "Three and a half years have passed since then but nothing has been done. The government has betrayed the people," he said.
TRS chief welcomes Telangana announcement
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao on Tuesday welcomed the Congress' decision to carve out Telangana state but said he would not celebrate till the relevant bill is passed in parliament.
Flashing victory sign, KCR, as Rao is popularly known, garlanded the statues of 'Telugu Talli' and TRS ideologue, the late Jayashankar.
He said TRS would wait for final details and some clarifications with Hyderabad as common capital.
"Our message to Andhra brothers is not to worry," he told a television channel. He was referring to apprehensions among people from Andhra and Rayalaseema living in Hyderabad.
"KCR has repeatedly said he will merge TRS with Congress (if separate Telangana state is created). We shall await reaction of TRS. We will be favourably inclined to discuss the issue," said the Congress general secretary.
It was after KCR's indefinite fast in December 2009 that the central government had announced the process for formation of Telangana state but later put it on hold due to protests in two other regions.
Reddy junks reports that he will quit
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday dismissed as "rumour" reports that he has threatened to quit if the Congress gives its nod for formation of a separate Telangana.
"It's all rumour," he told reporters when asked about the reports.
Reddy's clarification came after his hour-long meeting with AICC general secretary (in-charge Andhra Pradesh) Digvijaya Singh.
Reddy, who hails from Rayalaseema region, is said to be strongly opposed to the division of the state.
Congress leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions had held closed-door meetings with Reddy on Monday in Hyderabad.
TDP asks why Telangana report was not discussed in Parliament
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has questioned why the Union government did not table the Srikrishna Committee's report on Telengana before the Parliament for discussion.
Srikrishna Committee on Telangana or the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP) was a committee headed by former chief justice BN Srikrishna to look into the demand for separate statehood for Telangana or whether to keep Andhra Pradesh united in its present form.
TDP MLA Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, who is also the party's Krishna district president demanded that the union government reveal the status of the report.
He alleged that the union government is preparing to take a unilateral decision without considering the pros and cons of bifurcating the state.
He also demanded that the union government must not take a decision against the wishes of the people of the Rayalaseema region.