Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has warned the Congress high command of large scale defections by party MLAs if the Centre allows the formation of the separate state of Telangana.
Reddy carried with him a detailed note running into 10 pages to Jaipur where the party is holding a three-day brainstorming session. Sources close to the CM told this newspaper that the note outlined the possible challenges to the government in case any immediate decision is taken in favour of Telangana. The note, a copy of which has already been submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee when he visited Hyderabad on Thursday, would be presented to the party president.
“Any announcement on the road map to Telangana formation would lead to defection by MLAs from the party to other parties (YSR Congress) and ultimately contribute to the fall of our government as we are now surviving on a narrow majority in the Assembly. This might create a big political crisis and damage prospects of our party in the 2014 elections,” the CM stated in the note, sources said.
The CM also mentioned that eight Congress MLAs have already started taking an active part in the recent one crore-signatures campaign by the YSR Congress for the immediate release of Jagan Reddy from jail. “Another 40 to 50 Congress MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema would quit our party if we announce Telangana now,” Kiran has mentioned in the note. The CM has also
suggested that the Congress should just confine itself to announcing its intention to form Telangana after the 2014 elections, if it comes to power. Meanwhile, the party can come up with a host of developmental measures to satisfy the agitating youth and other sections of the region, the CM has stated in his note.