MSN News | 23/12/2009
The Centre on Wednesday night shoved the vexatious issue of Telangana on to the backburner blaming other political parties, mainly the TDP and Praja Rajyam Party, for changing the rules of the game post December 9 statement on the issue. In a carefully worded statement read out before the media in New Delhi, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram refused to give any reference or assurance on separate statehood for Telangana and said that the issue will have to be discussed with all parties before a consensus is arrived. He appealed to all parties, students and others to maintain peace and calm in Andhra Pradesh and allow the government to focus on development issues.
Soon after the statement, there was tension in Osmania University campus – the hotbed of the pro-Telangana agitation. Shops in the area around the university were forced to shut down. Chidambaram indirectly blamed the TDP and the PRP for making a U-turn on the Telangana statehood issue. It may be recalled that the TDP and PRP had initially given full support for Telangana statehood, but later did a complete U-turn on the issue as MLAs from the coastal and Rayalaseema regions submitted their resignation.
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhara Rao condemned the latest move by the centre and said that the people of Telangana do not lack in guts. He has asked all his party members to take the move forward, indirectly hinting of renewed agitation. The TRS MLAs are to meet in Hyderabad on Thursday. Meanwhile, AP Chief Minister K Rosaiah held an emergency meeting in Hyderabad with Cabinet colleagues and senior police officials and instructed the law and order machinery to ensure that there will be no fresh outbreak of violence. But sources in Hyderabad said that the TRS will once more take to the streets and it looks like Telangana, particularly Hyderabad, will be heading for a year-end of trouble and violence.