dt : 20-12-2009
Will Rao shun rhetoric?
(Bhandaru Srinivasa Rao)
Having won the first round of battle by successfully foiling the fasting Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s agitation, the ‘option’ before the Congress is only sticking to its guns by asking the Rosaiah government to begin the process by moving an appropriate resolution in state assembly at the earliest. The party high command is unlikely to concede the demand of TRS chief to move similar Bill (read resolution) in Parliament.
In fact, the wild threats held out by the TRS chief of slapping ‘contempt’ cases against those who argue that the Assembly nod a must, also holds no water. This had been made it clear by none other than one of the most respected Constitutional expert Soli Sorabjee in an article in New Indian Express recently. In fact, he also found fault for the Congress government to succumbing to the pressures of TRS chief’s fast-unto-death threat. On T-issue, Sorabjee’s view point ‘clears’ clouds that there are no Constitutional provisos for further bifurcation of a state which was formed on linguistic basis, though not so abundantly.
Hence, the Congress party high command believes that unless the T-issue gets the AP Assembly nod it could do nothing at the Centre. Its master-stroke not only exposed the ‘repeated lies’ of the TRS chief, who had been hoodwinking the gullible people of the region with his rhetoric, but also the entire Opposition on the issue. The Congress party, which had been reiterating that it was not against formation of the state, provided there is a consensus among all stakeholders, indeed proved a point to justify its stand through Union Minister P Chidambaram’s midnight announcement.
Now, the ball is in the court of TRS and Opposition to decide whether it wanted to take part in the ‘democratic path’ enshrined in the Constitution to take the issue forward. And, hence a resolution shall be tabled in the state Assembly, and the entire TDP and TRS, besides the Congress shall vote in its favour to resolve the long-pending demand of separate statehood for Telangana. If such a thing doesn’t happen, then it would be difficult for the Congress or any party at the Centre to consider the ‘bifurcation’ of the state, which is not only un-Constitutional, but does no good for a sovereign nation like India.
Even if the state assembly gives its nod, there is no guarantee that both the Houses of Parliament will pass the Telangana statehood bill. Even, if they do, the President has every right to reject it.
Such complications being involved in bifurcation of states, the TRS chief, who boasts himself as a Constitutional ‘expert’ promises a few illiterate and unemployed politicians of the region of realizing the dream in a ‘jiffy’. As a party in power bind by the Constitutional obligations, the Congress party has no option, but to begin the process as clearly enshrined in the Constitutional books. Even Courts have limited, if not no role, in such ‘tricky’ constitutional issues, except for ensuring its execution with all ‘perfection’.
Hence, it is better for TRS and its chief to abide by the Constitutional obligations and work towards consensus, instead of indulging in ‘provocative’ and ‘instigating’ remarks which may flare up regional passions. Is Rao listening?