Congress is the mother of murky politics
How MLAs of TRS were lured and encouraged to shift party? How YSR conspired to weaken the Telangana movement? Here is some news clips of those days:
TRS rebel MLAs remain unreachable
KCR reserves comment on row for today
• Leadership efforts to reason with three MLAs do not bear fruit
• Rebel MLAs not ready for compromise at this stage
HYDERABAD: Four Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs from Warangal who have created a flutter by shooting off an open letter protesting the style of functioning of party president, K. Chandrasekhara Rao continued to remain inaccessible to the leadership.
On his part, Mr. Rao was tight-lipped on the controversy on Sunday, reserving his comment for Monday.
Party sources said the leadership made attempts to bring three of the four MLAs to the negotiating table to sort out the issue but met with little success. One of them, Dugyala Srinivasa Rao, the Chennur MLA, could not be contacted for the third consecutive day.
The leadership is learnt to be adopting different methods for a rapprochement with these MLAs. The rebel MLAs were of the view that there was no use of compromise as they would always be subjected to suppression now that they have openly come out against the leadership.
The question before them seems to be what next if they did not want to compromise. Sources close to them claim that it might take a week or ten days for them to unfold their plans.
An MLA who is loyal to Mr. Rao said the rebels could have revolted for considerations other than they actually mentioned in the letter. They were probably under pressure for extraneous reasons.
Show of solidarity
Nizamabad Staff Reporter adds: The extended meeting of the TRS district committee held here expressed its full confidence in Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao’s leadership and made light of the crisis in the party.
But according to sources, a number of elected representatives of the party abstained from the meeting. Out of 19 ZPTCs only five and a few MPTCs, MPP presidents and sarpanches attended.
Speakers trained their guns on expelled leader S. Santosh Reddy. They called him a “traitor” to the Telangana cause and accused him of joining hands with the Congress to serve his interests and weaken the party.
Party district unit president and Yellareddy MLA E. Ravinder Reddy saw the hand of the Congress in the crisis.
Dichpally MLA G. Ganga Reddy said: “There is no need to criticise anyone for the crisis. Unity will resolve all the problems.” Political affairs committee vice-president A.S. Poshetty spoke.
It’s up to Sonia
In a related development, TRS ideologue and former Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University K. Jaya Sankar said that the TRS would welcome any decision taken by Sonia Gandhi with regard to the Statehood issue. He was addressing a meeting organised by the Telangana Vidyavantula Vedika.
He said the UPA panel on Telangana would submit its report after completion of the election process in Bihar, probably by December-end.
Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Engineer (retired) and TRS leader vedika leader M. Lakshmaiah, OU associate professor G. Krishna Reddy and J. Ganesh spoke.
Rebel TRS MLA does a volte face; accuses Cong of engineering split
TRS MLA volte face
Hyderabad, Nov 15 (PTI) The rebel camp in Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) suffered a setback today with one of the legislators Babu Rao making a volte face and alleging that ruling Congress was offering inducements to dissidents to engineer a split in the party.
Rao, a tribal MLA representing Bodh constituency in Adilabad district who was counted among the rebel legislators, made a dramatic appearance at the party office here to say he was “never a rebel but a mole of the party high command in the rebel camp”.
He alleged he was offered Rs 30 lakh by another rebel MLA to join the revolt against the party supremo and Union Labour Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Rao, who had met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy here last week, alleged Congress was behind the moves to engineer split in the party and discredit the movement for Telangana statehood.
“I was offered money to stay with rebel legislators. I was taken to the Chief Minister who had assured to take good care of TRS MLAs if they join Congress,” he said.
However, the spokespersons of Congress and the rebel TRS camp rubbished the claims made by the MLA and said it showed the extent of frustration among TRS leadership.
Rao was till yesterday counted among the TRS rebels and was also a signatory to the November 13 open letter by 8 dissident MLAs, charging Chandrasekhar Rao with `dictatorial functioning and encouraging family rule in the party’.
“I had infiltrated into the rebel camp only to gather information about their moves. They were being propped up by the Congress leadership,” Babu Rao said and named rebel legislator from Adilabad district Patel as the “conduit for offering inducements”.
The dramatic development sent shock waves among the rebel camp.
“The charge of bribe offers is utter nonsense. Instead of addressing the issues raised by us, the party leadership is deflecting the public attention by resorting to cheap gimmicks and disinformation,” the spokesman of rebel legislators M Satyanarayan Reddy said in Warangal.
He said it was clear that Babu Rao was “coerced into changing his mind” and owed an explanation to the people as to why he was silent all these days.
The development came two days after the dissident legislators met here and shot off an open letter to the party President seeking his explanation on the issues concerning “lack of internal democracy” in the party, promotion of his nephew and MLA T Harish Rao at the cost of “other genuine workers” and re-admission of senior rebel legislator S Santhosh Reddy, who was expelled last month.
The rebel MLAs had spoken about their plan to meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to elicit her opinion on Telangana statehood.
Meanwhile, Congress Chief Whip Kirankumar Reddy ridiculed the charge against his party and asked TRS to first “set its own house in order.” The TRS, which has 26 MLAs in the 294-member Assembly and five MPs, had pulled out of Congress-led government in the state in July last while continuing to be part of the UPA coalition at the Centre.
TRS crisis: Four dissident MLAs reject mediation offer
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2005 – 00:00
Hyderabad, Nov 09: The crisis in Telangana Rashtra Samithi deepened today with four dissident legislators spurning the mediation offer by the leadership and stepping up their offensive against party supremo and Union Labour Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
After raising a banner of revolt against Rao accusing him of behaving like a “dictator and encouraging nepotism”, the rebel MLAs ruled out making peace with him unless he ‘mends his ways’.
“Let him (Rao) come out openly and admit his mistakes. His dictatorial attitude is causing harm to the party,” the legislators M Satnarayana Reddy, D Srinivasa Rao K Lakshma Reddy and B Sara Rani told reporters at Warangal town.
They, however, made it clear that they would remain with the TRS and not join Congress.
The strident posturing by rebels came in the midst of efforts by the Party High Command to placate them. Senior TRS leader and Union Minister of State for Rural Development A Narendra, considered second-in-command, had called up the dissidents in a bid to work out rapproachment.
However, the mediation efforts appear to have failed with the rebels refusing to budge from their position.
“Instead of addressing the issues raised by us, the party leadership is trying to malign us by spreading rumours that we are joining Congress,” said Satyanarayana Reddy, who is
leading the dissident legislators, all hailing from Warangal district.