President’s rule inevitable?

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There have been growing demands from different political quarters for polls to be conducted in Telangana only after the reorganization of constituencies. Leaders fearing lack of space for representation in the political arena in a crucial T rebuilding time may cause ultimate blockade to political future in the new state. At the same time, they don’t want to lose the advantage or wave of Telangana sentiment that will entirely influence voting in the next elections whenever they come.

With all these calculations in mind, leaders from different parties are demanding that President’s rule be imposed in the state and constituency reorganization be taken up after necessary changes to the Article 170 of the Constitution. The recent constituency delimitation stated that there would be no changes to present constituencies till 2031. Even the T Bill mentioned that the elections will be conducted based on 2008 delimitation only. But the later decision to merge about 140 villages of Polavaram region with Andhra will create hurdles in a smooth division of the state. At least 3 legislative and 2 parliamentary constituencies will figure in both the states.

The President’s gazette will be released before the Elections schedule is released in the second week of March. The gazette must have an appointed day of the Telangana state coming into being, which has traditionally been less than three months. That means a new government will effectively exist for less than three months, which may yield some political gains but the governance it can manage will be very limited if not none whatsoever. Such a move by Congress may create a new section of dissatisfied politicians, new over hungry ministers who might present new set of problems.

These set of problems may include objections from TRS, which might affect the merger/ tie up chances in the near future which Congress cannot afford under the current national scenario.

Under the circumstances, the Congress leadership is heard to be reconsidering the President’s rule option.

Central tourism minister, Chiranjeevi, who was tipped as the most possible candidate was very reluctant to talk to media yesterday after coming back to Hyderabad. He did not feel obligatory to use the redundant line, “would be ready to take up any duty entrusted by the High Command”!

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