Andhra Pradesh has been put on high alert as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrashekhar Rao’s health continues to deteriorate.
Rao’s deteriorating health and the agitation for a separate state of Telangana also echoed in Parliament on Wednesday as both the Houses debated the issue with MPs urging him to break his fast and insisting that the Centre look into the matter urgently.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also spoke to MPs from Andhra Pradesh and expressed concern over KCR’s health
While Lok Sabha MPs asked Centre to intervene and resolve the Telangana tangle, in Rajya Sabha Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs forced an adjournment on the issue.
With TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s fast-unto-death entering eleventh day on Wednesday, his plight continues to deteriorate and doctors attending to him have termed it as ‘critical’.
In the meantime, TRS activists turned aggressive taking forward their campaign for a separate Telangana state.
KCR’s family pleaded him to end his fast but he is firm that only positive signals from the Centre can make him change his decision.
On the issue, situation had been quite tense outside Osmania University and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly for a few days and security was resultantly been stepped up in Hyderabad. Section 144 was imposed in the region.
On December 10, all the groups in favour of the Telangana cause have called for a ‘Chalo Assembly’ shutdown.
There are around 12,500 policemen deployed outside Osmania University in anticipation of the unrest. To add to that, armed reserve police were summoned from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to work with local policemen and security forces to prevent protesters from entering Hyderabad.
It may be mentioned that the students at Osmania University defied a government order to vacate their hostels on Tuesday. Also, professors threatened to quit if the police were not withdrawn from the campus. Students were baton charged by police on Monday.
The university closed down last week till the December 18 as a precaution against violence, but it remains in many ways the epicenter of the Telangana protest.
The Telangana issue is expected to dominate proceedings in the state assembly today as well. Earlier on Tuesday, the assembly was adjourned for the day following the raging of the Telangana issue.
The TRS wants Chief Minister K Rosiah to move a resolution on Telangana, so that parties can vote on the matter. However, this is dangerous for the ruling Congress, because this could expose its own divisions on the issue.
As Andhra’s government struggles to maintain law and order, Chief Minister, K Rosaiah, has said that it’s upto the Congress’ central command in Delhi to decide the issue. The government fears that reports of deteriorating health of TRS chief will incite violence in the state that is already simmering over the Telangana movement.
K Rosiah is expected to visit New Delhi today to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and seek her decision on the issue.