7, జూన్ 2011, మంగళవారం

Cong's "Chanakya neeti" on T-issue - Bhandaru Srinivas Rao (I.I.S.)

Cong's "Chanakya neeti" on T-issue - Bhandaru Srinivas Rao (I.I.S.)


During last one week two major political developments took place. One

is the ‘no confidence’ motion moved by Telugu Desam in the Assembly

convened to elect Speaker and Deputy Speaker, while the second being

the Congress high command’s decision to appoint one of their senior

member hailing from north coastal Andhra (Vizianagaram), Botsa

Satyanarayana, as APCC Chief. Added to these two is the state party

in-charge and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement on

pot-boiling Telangana issue, generated enough heat.

First, let us look at the no-confidence motion moved by the main

Opposition Telugu Desam. The way it has been moved, in fact, raised

many eyebrows. Aware of the legislature rules, the TDP made light of

the issue, by handing over the letter two days in advance, only to

face Opposition wrath. Perhaps, my media colleague and MLC, Prof

Nageshwar, was right saying it was for media conception. While

finding fault with technicalities, he said in the same breadth that

the TDP may as well handover another ‘no-confidence’ letter an hour

before the session begins to the Secretary. As expected, the TDP has

given on the day when Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly being

convened last Saturday.


As expected the government conveniently ‘ignored’ it by the Speaker

adjourning the House sine die. But as per Rules, Prof Nageshwar,

argues that the ‘no-confidence motion’ should have been entertained by

even the Pro-tem Speaker. The main Opposition had also come under

fire for not pressing for it, though its leader, Nara Chandrababu

Naidu, got opportunities twice. However, the TDP realizing the fact

that they got exposed, rushed to Raj Bhavan to lodge a complain as

well request the Governor ESL Narasimhan to reconvene the assembly.


Meanwhile, the newly-elected Speaker Nadendla Manohar’s tacit denial

that the ‘no confidence’ motion moved by the TDP had not come to his

notice, not only sounds ridiculous, but absurd. On Speaker’s remarks,

Prof Nageshwar, also made it clear ruling out legal remedy to it. As

per rules, the Speaker cannot shirk his responsibility, but if he does

by quoting earlier parliament precedents or practices, none can help.


Whether Speaker acted on government’s directions or not, the message

is clear and loud – neither the ruling Congress nor Telugu Desam – are

willing to face electorate as of today. They fear, total rout and

lack confidence. The Congress and Telugu Desam combine, in fact, yet

again succeeded to restrain their common enemy “Jagan” at bay for some

more time.

Coming to PCC chief election, optimists of separate Telangana see the

Congress high command’s move to appoint Botsa Satyanarayana as APCC

chief, as yet another major step closer to consider the state

bifurcation favorably. Whether this argument holds any water, one has

to wait and see. But, pessimists look at it, adding Azad’s remarks, as

a move to further dilute the T-issue.

To me it appears, the Centre reluctant to spell out its decision

either way, as it wanted to further consolidate lost ground,

especially after the sudden demise of its most popular leader YS

Rajasekhara Reddy, two years ago. The Congress high command treading

cautiously, giving ‘hope’ to optimists as well pessimists and willing

to drag on still it completely come to grips with its own problems at

the Centre, especially the scams that almost wreck the UPA boat.


For Congress, the Telangana issue is certainly not in its priority

list, as it had to protect government’s survival with coalition

partners like DMK holding out threats on either 2G scam or ‘war

against corruption’ unleashed by the civic society leaders like Anna

Hazare and Baba Ramdev.


As I argued in my last article “T-issue: Is it fizzling out”, the

Congress bound to find some excuse or the other to drag on the issue,

till its MPs and MLAs dare to resign en masse, which is more unlikely,

than to become a realty. (07-06-2011)