T-issue: Cong’s dilemma?
The 120-year-old Congress Party, Grandmother of politics arraigning left, centre and right ideologies for itself, is suffering from phenomenal dilemma and dithering. When there was opportunity to send a clear message, it took shelter under its obsession “time will bail it out in due course”. Having lost opportunity to give a clear verdict and implemented “policy of divide and rule” by allowing group leaders to play with the sentiments and arousing emotions of the people, now it is too late for the Congress High Command to satisfy the war mongers on all sides. The crisis remains more compounded than ever before due to own making – hit wicket or self goal. Should the AP state be divided or kept united keeping upper most in view its prospects to regain power in 2014 or in early general elections?
These are some of the questions on which the Congress core group seems to be holding brain-storming sessions as part of recent by-polls debacle reviews with the Andhra Pradesh party leaders before pronouncing its final decision of Telangana statehood. Almost half of the cabinet, besides new aspirants are camping in Delhi seeking audience of the “ Uncrowned Empress” of India to impress on her that their unsolicited advice worth ‘two paise’ which should be counted. All of them are alike are least interested either in national interests – unity – or interested in peoples peace and prosperity. Their sole obsession is politics – no-holds barred pursuit of power.
The Congress Party’s credibility is at an all time low among the people not only on the national scene but also in the AP state. With the Congress Party at cross-roads and the Presidential elections scheduled on July 15, what the party is doing is fire-fighting to ensure that their flock of MPs and MLAs exercise their franchise for the official candidate. Otherwise left to themselves to exercise conscience vote, they may either abstain, particularly T-Congress MPs and MLAs, or vote against Pranab Mukerjee in protest to save their face among the voters. In retrospect, it is the real ‘litmus’ test to its future existence in Indian political map. Over the years, it has lost state after the state and now further threat of its shrinking in real numbers or sinking for ever into oblivion is looming large. More so, when Sonia Gandhi is determined to ensure smooth handover of PM baton to her son Rahul Gandhi from Dr Manmohan Singh, who had one of the worst second term with his personal reputation knocking the lowest web.
Amidst this chaos, the hope of T-statehood optimists could smile and hope for the best outcome before the scheduled Presidential polls as Sonia and her coterie realized the importance of Andhra politics which has deteriorated from bad to worse. Such false hopes or signals have been repeatedly given by the Congress High Command in the past. Is it yet another false hope?
Many feel Sonia will finally spell out her mind in favor of new T-state sooner than later - before July 10? But, which way will it decide is a million dollar question. She is breaking her head with the three region people to massage their egos or stand over the bifurcation of state, which saw tremendous growth rate not so long ago. As part of that exercise, she is apparently playing with idea of creating Rayala Telangana. Is it yet another cruel joke being inflicted on culturally and historically united people of Rayalaseema of 1956 territories.
Is Rayala Telangana acceptable to rest of Andhra leaders? That too when all major resources situated in this region being denied to rest of Andhra or new Andhra state? Yes resources like the major irrigation projects like Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam, besides the huge hydro-power generated at these two water sources? Will not there be fresh war-fronts open on ‘river water’ disputes between the new two states? Why water, even in power (electricity) sharing will become major contentious issue!
Be that as it may, this is a classic example of phenomenal procrastination and failure of leadership to seize opportunities in a timely manner. And, it is not resolve the political mess that has been created or its fallout.
Even when Telangana is created by a stroke of divine intervention, then also, peace and stability within is not guaranteed. Since politics – pursuit of power – is ruthless, there will be bitter fight for power on caste, communal and class lines. Let none suffer from illusions on the above score. Alongside, the prospects of the grandmother Congress Party will be given a decent cremation or burial. (29-06-2012)
(Courtesy: MANA MLA GARU.COM)