Twist in Andhra: Sonia set to corner Jagan with Telangana

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Hyderabad, July 30: Congress-led UPA allies reportedly would take their final call on Telangana on Tuesday, July 30. The final decision was expected to be announced after 5:30 pm. While Telangana decision has created ruckus in Andhra Pradesh, experts believe that Congress has been trying to corner Jagan Mohan Reddy and his party -- YSR Congress.

Sonia Gandhi-led Congress Working Committee (CWC) may endorse the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, which is expected to be held in 2014, Congress seems to have been trying to strengthening its vote bank with such crucial decisions such as formation of Telangana.

Sonia Gandhi, Telangana and Jagan

How Telangana formation may affect Jagan?

The Central government may add two districts from Rayalaseema to Telangana's existing 10 districts with 17 parliamentary seats. Addition of the two districts of Rayalseema region -- Anantpur and Kurnool would ensure the new and old states have 21 parliamentary seats each. Hence, Congress would corner Jagan after diving the votes across the new border. Anantpur is known as one of the strongholds of the YSR Congress Party.

Andhra Pradesh has 42 parliamentary constituencies. The Congress might have calculated that creating Telangana would deliver strong returns in upcoming elections.

Sources said that the Congress is more in favour of settling the burning issue for it thinks any further delay could cause serious harm to the party. The Congress is in a precarious state in Andhra where it had tasted a big success in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Security beefed up in Andhra Pradesh:

1,000 paramilitary personnel have been sent to the state to deal with any situation arising out of a decision on Telangana.

The additional forces, along with the existing 1,200 paramilitary personnel, are expected to be deployed in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions. It was feared that protests may erupt if the Centre takes a decision in favour of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh for the creation of Telangana state.

200 Karnataka Armed Police personnel and 100 Tamil Nadu Armed Police personnel also have been stationed in Hyderabad and its adjoining areas.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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