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Andhra Pradesh : Telengana Once Again

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Coalition politics is all about maintaining an even keel in any storm; and the ruling NDA alliance, rapidly gaining experience in survival tactics, will have to face another storm brewing in the south. Although Chandrababu Naidu described the three-day ‘mahanadu’ of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as a demonstration of the ‘perfect and democratic’ functioning within the party, the statement does not sit well with other developments. And one of the contentious but unacknowledged issues that troubled the meeting was the revival of the demand for a separate Telengana.

The three-day mahanadu of the TDP held in Visakhapatnam had ostensibly a heavy agenda – the slow pace of reforms and centre-state relations and the coming, long-postponed panchayat elections necessitated by the postponement of the passing of the 87th constitutional amendment. But priorities were clearly overturned when the dissident TDP leader K Chandrasekhar Rao quit the party as well as his post of deputy speaker of the state assembly last month to launch Telengana Rastra Samithi (TRS) to spearhead the separate Telengana movement. The TRS had held a massive rally only weeks before the TDP meet and Naidu was forced to take this new turn into reckoning. Although he refused to make a comment on the separate Telengana issue immediately after the meet, nor to allow the meeting’s agenda to be derailed, he could not possibly ignore the development. Quite apart from resolving to speed up developmental work in the region, Naidu also sought to strengthen the administrative structure of the party in significant ways.

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