Congress dilemma over T-bypoll strategy
After heaving a sigh of relief at averting the possible rebellion of the Kadapa MPJagan Mohan Reddy, the Congress party finds itself in a dilemma over what strategy to adopt on Telangana in the forthcoming by-elections in the region.
The Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar, and the Zahirabad MP Suresh Shetkar, called on the law minister and in-charge of AP affairs Veerappa Moily, and demanded that the party should not go against popular sentiment in Telangana. They want the party to clearly state during the poll campaign that the Congress is in favour of a separate Telangana state.
This view is firmly opposed by Congress politicians whose constituencies are in the other two regions. It is pertinent to note that the government whip in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly S. Sailajanath, called on Moily and urged him to ensure that the party uses the slogan of development and other welfare schemes during the election campaign and does not commit to anything on Telangana.