Telangana and Muslims:
As the Telangana
cauldron boils over moves are already afoot to paint the dispute in
communal colors and make the region's Muslims the proverbial
sacrificial lamb. The mainstream media.....
on Telangana by Tuesday, assures PM
The central government’s latest statement Wednesday on Telangana,
stressing the need to hold consultations with all political parties
on the formation of a separate state, evoked mixed reactions in
While the ruling Congress party leaders welcomed the statement made
by Home Minister P. Chidambaram late Wednesday evening, saying it
would help in resolving the issue amicably, the main opposition
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders in Telangana alleged that the
Congress had again betrayed the people of the region.
TDP legislator from Warangal district
E. Dayakar Rao announced that he would submit his resignation to the
assembly speaker Thursday to protest the government’s u-turn.
Another TDP legislator N. Janardhan
Reddy said the Congress owed an explanation to the people of
Telangana for backtracking.
Congress leader and former minister
Jana Reddy went into a huddle with Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS)
chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao and other leaders to chalk out their
future course of action.
The TRS president said he would
announce his strategy after consultation with leaders of all
parties, students, lawyers and others who have been participating in
the movement for Telangana state.
While Congress MPs from Telangana
welcomed the statement, saying the government had not gone back on
its word, some of the state legislators of the party voiced their
Congress, TDP and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP)
leaders including MPs and legislators of coastal Andhra and
Rayalseema welcomed the statement. And leaders who were on hunger
strike called off their protest.
Congress legislator from Rayalseema
Shailajanth said it was a step in the right direction to keep the
The state cabinet hailed the statement
and said it would allay all the apprehension and help resolve the
issue amicably. It appealed to all legislators from coastal Andhra
and Rayalaseema to take back their resignations.
More than 140 legislators from these
regions had submitted their resignations to the speaker after the
Dec 9 announcement by the government that the process for formation
of Telangana state would be initiated.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said the
statement was not to make people of one region happy or hurt people
of the other. He hoped that the agitation continuing for the last 20
days would come to an end and development activities would resume.
“It is a good statement. The cabinet
unanimously welcomed it. After this statement there is no need for
some people to celebrate or for some others to feel hurt,” the chief