T-agitation comes knocking on Parl doors?


Parliament of India
New Delhi, Feb 24: The UPA government is taking careful and calculated steps to ensure that the Parliament functions smoothly as they cannot afford yet another Parliament Logjam. After the Joint Parliamentary committee was initiated to debate the 2G spectrum scam, now its the Telangana agitation that has come knocking on Parliament doors.

Many Telangana supporters have threatened to immolate themselves in the Parliament premises if their demands are not conceded. They had even threatened to mass resign earlier for the apparent injustice meted out to them.

The Telangana region in Hyderabad was paralised with the two-day bandh call that affected businesses and the public alike. Hyderabad was also considerably affected by the bandh called by the TRS. Congress MPs from the Telangana region along with others met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press their demand for a separate state. They also held a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Speaker Meira Kumar.

A couple of day back, when Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao mooted the issue in the Parliament's budget session, the Speaker however shot down the matter saying that it will be discussed later. Senior BJP leader, Sushma Swaraj commented on the situation and said, “Everything has come to a standstill in Telangana region. This can be resolved right way, the Prime Minister is sitting here. If he says that government will bring a bill for a separate Telangana, we will support it."

Pranab Mukherjee after discussion with the Congress MPs advised them to stall agitations till the budget is presented and see to it that normal Parliament proceedings are not disturbed. But the TRS MLAs are hell-bent on finding a resolution to the persistent problem.

The Telangana agitators seem to be more irked with Home Minister P Chidambaram's non-committal of his word to them that the Telangana issue will be resolved soon. The MPs also stressed for the Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan be recalled for allegedly posing as a roadblock to the establishment of the Telangana state.

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