When the Congress party announced its Telangana decision on July 30 last year, there was some cheer in the region but a grand celebration to mark the success of the struggle for a separate state was absent.
Exactly six months since the decision, on Thursday, the reasons for apprehensions of Telanganites became evident when the Andhra Pradesh assembly, through a resolution moved by the Congress’ chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, rejected the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 that is aimed to create the Telangana state.
Despite the brave face put up by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Telangana Congress leaders that it would not affect the bifurcation of the state, the people of Telangana doubt the state becoming a reality before the elections.
However, some see the rejection as inconsequential and that Congress would see that the bill is passed in Parliament. “Our situation is like a hungry man waiting for meals but the cooking is never ending. We hope that the state is formed before polls, otherwise our patience would end,” said Md Abdul Sajjad from Medak district.
That patience draining out means the Congress could lose out on the 12-15 of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the region. On the other hand, the bill’s rejection is unlikely to salvage the party in Seemaadhra as the Congress has already become an enemy for the voters with its decision.
The development cheered the Telugu Desam cadres who were on the streets in the morning to protest the bill and in the afternoon to celebrate its rejection.