With the bypolls heading for a close multi-cornered contest, Telangana mantra is back on the lips of the leaders of all political parties in the region, even as development and failure rules the roost in Kovur.
All the parties who have fielded candidates, the Congress, the Telugu Desam, the TRS and the BJP, in the region promise to give and get Telangana, with the most vociferous one being the TRS.
The pitch has reached a notch higher after TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress leader Balineni Srinivas Reddy asserting that the bypolls will be a referendum on the Kiran Kumar Reddy government and Telangana.
In fact, five of the six MLAs who are contesting the byelections in Telangana have quit for a separate statehood and are seeking votes on the same agenda. Preparing to campaign, TD president N. Chandra-babu Naidu has not missed the opportunity to point out that he has never opposed Telangana both inside and outside the Assembly and deftly passed the ball in the Centre’s court to take a decision on the vexed issue
“The Centre has to take a decision on Telangana and end the stalemate. In fact, Telangana saw rapid development under TD rule,” says Mr Naidu. Congress Chief Whip G. Venkataramana Reddy too asserts that Telangana is possible only through his party. “Congress will get Telangana and give Telangana,” he asserts. Congress nominee from Kamareddy Raja Reddy said “Congress will perish if it fails to give Telangana by 2014. The BJP, which promised Telangana in the past, has failed to keep its word.”
While the TRS and the BJP are banking on a single-point agenda of achieving Telangana, the Congress and the TD are trying to pitch for Telangana and development. “It is now clear. Only the BJP can give Telangana after coming to power in 2014. People have realised this and are now looking towards the BJP. The Congress has failed to keep its December 9 promise and it will never give Telangana,” says BJP chief G. Kishan Reddy.