10, మే 2011, మంగళవారం

Will Cong, TDP dare take action against rebels?-Bhandaru SrinivasRao (I.I.S.)

Will Cong, TDP dare take action against rebels?-Bhandaru SrinivasRao (I.I.S.)

Growing indiscipline within the ruling Congress and Telugu Desam indicates what is in store for state politics in coming days. Though show cause notices were slapped on all those erring Congress as well Telugu Desam members by the deputy speaker Nadendla Manohar, on receiving complaints from these two respective parties, the final decision of their ‘disqualification’ likely to take some more time.
This was in the wake of fluid political situation. The ruling Congress and Telugu Desam may not pressurize the deputy speaker to take action, instead may request him to put on hold for some more time. Reason; scared of a split within their parties. As if this was not enough, the Telugu Desam faces new challenge from one of its most powerful member from Telangana, Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy. He openly raised the banner of revolt against the party leadership and successfully organized a rally in support of state bifurcation. His meeting, which was held at Nagarkurnool in Mahabubnagar district, was also attended by six of his colleagues in the party. This send ripples down the spines of the party leadership and worried how to grapple with the situation. Already, the party had lost another equally powerful leader from Nizamabad, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, who crossed over to the separatist Telanagana Rashtra Samiti led by K Chandrasekhara Rao.

On the other hand, the ruling Congress rocked by two major threats – T-factor and Jagan. With the conclusion of Kadapa battle, now the focus bound to be shifted towards state bifurcation and the TRS threatened to intensify the agitation from May 15. The MPs and MLAs from the region belonging to both the Congress and TDP are under tremendous pressure to take a decision either way. Or else, they bound to face hostility in their own constituencies and thus their public life may become risky. Undoubtedly, they were caught between the ‘devil and deep’ kind situation, and any decision either way ‘set’ or ‘upset’ their political futures.

In that backdrop, the ruling Congress is in more vulnerable position, more so after the merger of Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party. The yesteryear ‘mega star’ declared himself as the ‘integrationist’ and faced the wrath of people of T-region. Even his lone legislator from the region had resigned protesting against his party chief decision, no sooner he announced. Ironically, after the demise of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and later his ‘charismatic’ son Y S Jaganmohan Reddy revolting against none other the party leadership, the Congress in Andhra Pradesh pushed itself in a precarious position. With the PRP merger, though the Congress was happy to find replacement to YSR in the form of ‘Chiru” as its icon, the T-factor likely to dash of their future hopes in the state.

Incidentally, unlike his cine predecessor NTR, Chiru proved himself a disaster. If his Tollywood senior N T Ramarao could form Telugu Desam party in 1982 and sweep polls that followed within nine months, Chiru failed to win even from his native Palakollu in West Godavari district, and his newly born Praja Rajyam could win just 18 seats.

Majority of the Congressmen are of the opinion that neither Chiru can become their party ‘icon’ nor help anyway to polarize his own Kapu community members in the state. Thus far, the ‘future’ for Congress looks more ‘dim’ than ‘bright.’

Not much change even in case of Telugu Desam. The party’s base eroded in all three regions of the state due to its leadership’s lop-sided policies. Had TDP not aligned with TRS and fought 2009 polls independently, today the situation would have been different. It could have been riding high in the rest of the state. Having created hope for T-creation in 2009 elections, some of its members from the region taken advantage of that and now trying to pounce on the leadership.

Hence, the Congress and TDP may choose to go slow on taking any stringent action against those who openly align with T-protogonists or Jagan and try to buy time, hoping against hopes to enhance their party’s life span, at least closer to the next round of Battle Royal in 2014. Can they? Or Can’t they? Only time will tell! (10-052011)