Botsa’s statement on Telangana
Special Correspondent, Hyderabad: The APCC President Botsa Satyanarayana’s “no objection” to bifurcation of the State has created ripples in politics circles, especially in the North Coastal region.
Botsa Satyanarayana’s statement that there was nothing wrong in having two Telugu speaking states left everyone wondering if the Centre is in the process of taking a decision on Telangana.
Even before becoming PCC Chief, Satyanarayana supported bifurcation of the State which drew flak.
PCC Chief statement adds credence to the rumours of imminent decision by the Centre after the Presidential polls.
The Telangana issue picked up again after the Presidential elections. TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao besides several Congress leaders also stated that Centre was on the verge of taking a decision.
Of course some immediately condemned or feigned ignorance like Congress MP, Madhu Yakshi.
Sources in Congress circles say Botsa Satyanarayana’s statement was to gain control of the three North Coastal District in case the State is bifurcated. He has been constantly supporting bifurcation to avoid further ill will between people of two regions.
“This is my personal opinion. I will abide by the decision of Centre on Telangana. I expect a decision shortly,” remarked PCC chief.
Botsa Satyanarayana’s statement comes after meeting the Party High Command in New Delhi which adds to rumour mills on Telangana.
APCC Chief statement was immediately condemned by senior Congress leader, Gade Venkatreddy and other pro-Samaikhya Andhra protagonists in Vizag and other places.
“Botsa Satyanarayana’s statement is not correct. A person holding a key post should be careful in his comments. The state has been united for a long time and there is no need for bifurcation at juncture,” Gade Venkat Reddy remarked.
Power struggle within Congress in Visakhapatnam has already come to fore between various leaders.
Though Prajarajyam merged with Congress and its leaders got coveted posts, it has also created ill will with Congress leaders at several places including Visakhapatnam.