Telangana deed done, Congress hopeful all sections will accept decision

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 1 2013, 03:16am hrs
Amid protests and resignation threats by leaders who are against Telangana within the party, Congress today expressed confidence that everybody will finally accept the decision about carving out of a separate state from Andhra Pradesh.

"I have no information about resignations. But many people had their reservations earlier also. We are hopeful that they people listen to the party and be with the decision taken by it," Congress spokesman Meem Afzal told reporters here.

He was responding when asked to comment on unhappiness within the Congress party over the decision to form Telangana, with some leaders like Lok Sabha member Rayapati Sambasiva Rao and MLA P Ramesh Babu threatening to resign.

To questions about the Congress view on demands for setting up of second State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) after Telangana decision, Afzal said, "this is an old issue. ..We have nothing to say on it right now."

At the same time, he maintained that Congress is in favour of formation of smaller states and the party had also passed a resolution on the issue in past.

Seeking to delink Telangana decision from other such demands, he said "a decision on creation of a state is taken only after considering its economic viability and geographical condition.... We have taken this decision on Telangana and we have at present no viewpoint on creating any other state."

Strongly justifying the decision to create the new state out of Andhra Pradesh, he also claimed that by and large all parties have supported it and the decision has been "received well".

A party leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some party leaders in the non-Telangana regions are using the creation of separate state as an alibi as they are facing problems in their constituencies even otherwise. A few are playing to the gallery, he said.

Commenting on the unease in the party, Afzal said the Congress was aware that questions will be raised once the decision on Telangana is taken. The government will redress the long-term concerns of all sections, he added.

Hailing the decision to create Telangana as "praise worthy", the Congress spokesman said it was taken after considering all aspects.

To repeated questions on when the party can take a decision on the second SRC, he said, "it will be taken at an appropriate time."

Afzal evaded a direct reply when asked about Congress' view on demands, including by BSP chief Mayawati, for dividing Uttar Pradesh into four parts.

"We are not considering that now but we are thankful to her for welcoming the creation of Telangana," he replied.

The Congress leader, who spoke with condition of anonymity, felt that demands for creation of new states coming from a number of states are non serious and have no public support.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jaipal Reddy along with a contingent of pro-Telangana ministers and legislators of Andhra Pradesh met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here today to thank her for the decision.