At a time when the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the main opposition Congress party in Telangana are trying hard to win over the support of the Seemandhra settlers in the state, newly-formed Telangana Jana Samithi president Prof M Kodandaram seems to be antagonising the settlers altogether.
The TRS leadership is trying to garner the support of the Telugu Desam Party, even if it requires forging an alliance, to attract the voters of lakhs of Andhra settlers in Telangana, particularly in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts, in the 2019 assembly elections.
That is precisely why TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao extended support to the demand of the Andhra people for special category status to their state.
His daughter and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha also expressed her solidarity with the agitating MPs of Andhra in Parliament.
On the other hand, the Telangana Congress, too, has started wooing the settlers by not only supporting the special category status, but also by offering party tickets to Andhra settlers in Telangana assembly elections.
However, Kodandaram is adopting a completely different stand on special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
He told a channel in an interview that the status to AP was not possible as investments will flow from neighbouring states to Andhra Pradesh following the accordance of the special tag which might lead to economic disparities between the states.
The TJS president said it would be better the Andhra Pradesh government demanded more funds and projects from the Central government for the state development.
The TJS Chief further stressed on the need for decentralisation of development instead of concentrating on Amaravati and neglecting other parts of the state.