New Delhi: The struggle for a separate Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh seems to be in the final stages despite the bumpy road ahead. Under pressure from Andhra Pradesh leaders including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee are likely to meet on Tuesday at 5.30 pm to decide on the bifurcation of the state and creation of Telangana.
A sharp division within the party has cropped up as the Congress is pushing ahead with the plan for Telangana. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is reportedly opposed to the decision saying the bifurcation will cause water and power problems for the new state which will have an area of 1.14 lakh sq km and a population of 3.52 crore according to the 2011 census which is 41 per cent of Andhra Pradesh.
With the top Congress leadership appearing to have veered towards creation of Telangana, Congress MPs from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, too, have opposed any division of the state while a party MP from Telangana region had said that the government should go ahead with the decision.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) too has demanded that the new state be created immediately while leaders of Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh are unwilling to give up the state capital Hyderabad.
The six anti-Telangana MPs, including Union Ministers MM Pallam Raju, KS Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.
They told the Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if Andhra Pradesh is divided and Telangana created.
After the meeting, Rao said any decision to split the state would create problems. He added that it was neither in the interest of the people nor the various regions of Andhra Pradesh.
Bapiraju had said the delegation told the Prime Minister that formation of Telangana will create problems in many states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where there are demands for separate states.
Even as the Congress seems to be split wide open over granting Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh, BJP leaders have claimed that the party will form the separate state of Telangana within 24 hours of coming to power.
"Telangana has always been betrayed by the Congress. We definitely want Telangana to happen immediately but the rumours which are floating are very serious - Hyderabad to be made Union territory. How can you think Telangana without Hyderabad, it is an integral part of it," said BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.
The Telangana Tangle:
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
Telugu Desam Party
(With additional information from PTI)