Our Prime 'Flip Flop' Minister on Telangana
12/11/2011: "Telangana is a complicated issue. Creation of a separate state will not solve the problem. Solving one national issue should not create more problems. A solution acceptable to every one is being worked out. From the frying pan to the fire is not an appropriate solution to the national problem."
20/10/2011: "Telangana issue is from 1950. Because of various complications involved in the issue, immediate decision on Telangana is not possible."
6/10/2011: "Need to make a decision on Telangana soon. We are trying to get consensus on this issue."
March 2010: "Telangana is the oldest demand, and it can't be compared with demands for other states and has to be dealt with separately."
These are the statements of our honorable Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Telangana issue. One can understand the flip flop nature of our Prime Minister when we go through the above statements. Further the Prime Minister should recall that Congress had taken a consistent stand in favour of Telangana from the time the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power.
Congress Working Committee including PM Manmohan Singh had deliberated the issue and recommended formation of smaller states including Telangana and Vidarbha.
The issue was included in the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA-I, and the President's address to the joint session of the Parliament, while on Dec 9, 2009, the government announced that the process for formation of Telangana state would be initiated. The PM was present in the House when both Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee reiterated their promise in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on 10th December 2009.
In 2010, Justice Shri Krishna Committee was formed to understand the people's point of view in Andhra Pradesh. The Committee tabled the report 10 months back and the Prime Minister or his Cabinet has not taken any steps to study the report.
UPA-I is gone. UPA-2 is half-way through. But the promise made to the people of Telangana still remains. It's high time that our Prime Minister realizes that "with great power comes great responsibility." If there will be repercussions by declaring Telangana as a separate state, they better face it. The government should be bold enough to face it.
Let's keep the Telangana issue aside for a moment. This government has acted in a spineless manner in many other issues. Be it the Jan Lokpal Bill or the 2G scam or the black money issue. Any issue where in people's interest should be protected, the government has acted the opposite. Same is the case with Telangana.
There is a undeclared emergency in Telangana today. People are being arrested under the PD Act and there is not much of normal life in most parts of Telangana. If the Prime minister and the central government still plays hide-n-seek and does not respect a truthful and legitimate demand of Telangana people, we are ready to fight it out and lay siege on Hyderabad if necessary to let the central government know how strongly we feel for Telangana.
Prime Minister otherwise known for his honesty and truthful nature seems to have been infected by the company of liars in the UPA government. It's very sad to see how the public discourse of national politics at the PM level has deteriorated to lies and plain lies. The Congress President & the Prime Minister are not keeping their promises and getting sold to a handful of money bags from Andhra Pradesh.
There is one and the only way to achieve Telangana now: 'Congress ko khatam karo, Telangana haasil karo' (Finish Congress and get Telangana).
(K Kavitha Rao is the daughter of K Chandrashekar Rao, the founder and president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi)