Telangana tops Congress meet agenda
Telangana, recent economic reform measures and the withdrawal of support by the Trinamool Congress are high on the agenda of Tuesday’s Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body.
Though CWC members maintained that the emergency meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi will discuss the prevailing political situation in the country, sources said the Telangana issue will be one of the main topics.
Gandhi had recently held talks with senior ministers and party leaders on the issue. There is a growing pressure on the Congress to take an early decision on the politically volatile issue which has divided Andhra Pradesh and the party on regional lines.
The Congress is yet to firm up its stand on the issue and the party’s realisation is that the matter, if left hanging, would politically hurt it.
TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, who has reiterated his assurance of merging his party with the Congress, has also been camping in Delhi for a meeting with Gandhi.
As many as 15 Andhra Pradesh ministers from Telangana had also written to Gandhi, requesting her to grant a separate state instead of appointing a chief minister from the region or announcing an economic package. “We are moving towards a solution,” a Congress senior functionary said.
The meeting will also discuss Mamata Banerjee’s decision to withdraw support to the UPA government for allowing foreign investment in multi-brand retail.
Members are also expected to raise the recent decisions by the Manmohan Singh government to increase diesel prices and putting a cap on subsidised LPG cylinders. The upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh may also find a mention.