Telangana needs 
a new strategy

News pulse, Politics | admin | October 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm


Faced with the prospect of the separate Telangana statehood movement fizzling out after holding out for almost 40 days, there appears to be a rethink among the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) leadership on the strategy to be adopted in the coming days to save the movement if not sustain it. The ruling Congress, which has not shown any inclination to resolve the burning issue in a hurry, seems to have scored points by forcing the TJAC to exempt educational institutions from the purview of the indefinite ‘General Strike’ which has lost steam in the past few days after going strong for over a month.

The government has also managed to get public transport on the roads again besides ensuring resumption of coal production at the Singareni Collieries. With the Congress virtually calling all the shots off late, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is known for his affinity towards the ruling party, is now cozying up towards the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been consistent in its stand on the separate Telangana statehood issue. After having failed to get the Congress to make any announcement on the issue, TRS has now decided to launch an all out offensive against the ruling party.

KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, has come up with a new slogan ‘Congress khatam karo, Telangana hasil karo’ (Finish Congress, achieve Telangana) which clearly indicates the shift in the party stand. The party has also decided to focus on the 2014 elections and is likely to enter into an alliance with the BJP. Interestingly, the development comes at a time when veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s ‘Jana Chetana Yatra’ is passing through the state.

The TRS and TJAC leaders have already started targeting the Congress stating that the party had become a puppet in the hands of Andhra leaders. Our goal will now be to bury Congress and achieve Telangana. Telangana is being delayed due to sabotage by ministers and some Congress leaders,” TJAC convener Prof M Kodandaram declared on Tuesday. Advani, on his part, has made it clear that his party would support a Bill on Telangana if it is moved during the Monsoon session of Parliament. The BJP leader, immediately on arrival at Adilabad, said his party always supported bifurcation of the state. Advani is expected to forcefully push for a Telangana Bill at a public meeting to be held in Hyderabad late this evening.

That the TRS would like to firm up its alliance with the BJP is clear from the fact that former actress and party MP Vijayashanthi would be accompanying Advani during the rest of his tour in the state. The sudden shift in strategy follows discussions at a TJAC steering committee meeting where it was felt that Congress could no longer be depended upon given the state government’s harsh steps to crush the Telangana movement, the Central government’s indifference despite the perceptible impact of the indefinite ‘General Strike’ in the region and the arrest and incarceration of leaders during the ‘Rail Blockade.’

There are also indications that some Telangana Congress leaders and cadres might join the TRS since they are not happy with their party’s approach.

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