rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Telangana crisis: Option of President's rule being looked at

Telangana crisis: Option of President's rule being looked at

Last updated on: October 8, 2011 11:54 IST

Telangana crisis: Option of President's rule being looked at

     Next

Next

With the situation in Telangana going out of control, the Centre is left with only two options -- impose President's rule or appoint a new chief minister from the Telangana region to replace Kiran Kumar Reddy. Vicky Nanjappa reports

Saturday is expected to be D-day for Telangana with Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy rushing to New Delhi for political consultations. There is talk that the Union     government could either impose President's rule in Andhra Pradesh or appoint a new chief minister who is from the Telangana region.

Narasimhan has met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambram on the Telangana issue and Reddy too is expected to meet Dr Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The general strike in the Telangana region has entered Day 26 on Saturday causing an estimated loss of over Rs 14,000 crore; clearly the situation in Andhra is out of control.

The CM has even made it clear that it has become impossible to take action against agitators or even impose the Essential Services Maintenance Act because the stir has the backing of various political organisations and hence a President's rule may be the only option.

Click NEXT to read further...


Image: A demonstrator shouts anti-government slogans during a protest demanding statehood for Telangana
Photographs: Reuters
     Next

Will Centre ask Reddy to step down as Andhra CM?

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

However, the Centre will think twice before imposing the President's rule, as it believes pro-Telangana parties will look at it as a move in their favour and the Congress would suffer a severe blow. Telangana activists have been hoping for the imposition of President's rule for it would mean an early election.

The other option before the Congress is to ask Reddy to step down and appoint a chief minister representing Telangana. This would not only calm the nerves of agitators, but the Congress could retain its government and also buy more time. The Congress is hoping to stay in power as long as it can and declare a decision on Telangana when the polls are nearer.


Image: Andhra CM kiran Kumar Reddy

Prev     Next

Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha a popular choice to replace Reddy

Prev     More
Prev

More

A few names have cropped up to replace Reddy as CM, but according to sources a popular choice is Deputy CM be Damodar Raja Narasimha. The other possible CM candidates are Geetha Reddy and P Lakshmaiah. Although the people from Telangana would opt for B Srinivas as the next CM, the Congress may shoot down his name saying he is not a member of the assembly.

On one hand, pro-Telangana activists say that they shall not relent until their demands are met. "We have sought for the formation of a separate state and until that happens we shall not keep quiet," they said. On the other hand those seeking a united Andhra Pradesh are of the view that the government should restore normalcy first.


Image: Damodar Raja Narasimha

Prev     More