23 January, 2021

Middle Management Mess

Mamata, Jagan, Anna Hazare, KCR, Baba Ramdev, Telan­gana, it’s all been managed. What next?

Middle Management Mess

The Congress decision to carve out a separate Telangana has been done keeping the electoral math in view. Jaganmohan Reddy may be in jail for now, but his YSR Congress, which remains very strong in Seemandhra (coastal Andhra plus Rayalaseema), still haunts them. Adding to this is Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit on August 11 where clearly the agenda is to make a grand announcement on Telangana. The BJP probably feels that with Jagan not in the picture in the region, Modi stands a good chance of establishing a base. In this light, the Congress decision on July 30 is a masterstroke.

Andhra Pradesh was in a state of deep crisis when Union home minister P. Chidambaram came out with his Telan­gana statement on the night of December 9, ’09. The Congress had worked out a strategy to contain the political crisis created by Jagan after ysr’s sudden demise through the 9/12 statement. The statement was brief but had enough in it to wean away the AP legislators and parliamentarians (of all regions) from what was known as the “Jagan camp”....



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