Bangalore: A midnight statement three years ago on the formation of Telangana, by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram, that was aimed at ending TRS chief K Chandrashekhara Rao's fast unto death opened a pandora's box. But just a few days later the Centre went back on its word by appointing a committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna to decide on a separate state of Telangana.
It led to massive violence and vandalism across Andhra Pradesh catapulting TRS chief Chandrashekhara Rao to the political forefront. Three years on, the Congress which is staring at bleak prospects in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections has once again revived the Telangana issue to retain its presence in the state.
Chidambaram's successor at the Home Ministry Sushil Kumar Shinde set a one-month deadline in December 2012 for the announcement on statehood, raising hopes across the troubled region again. A day before the expiry of the deadline though, the Centre once again poured cold water on the Telangana hopefuls by deferring the decision indefinitely.
The Congress's flip-flops on Telangana have strengthened its political opponents in the state. Pro-Telangana leaders allege that the powerful business lobby from Andhra Pradesh is behind the Centre's unsteadiness.