If the strategy of the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh works out, party's vice-president Rahul Gandhi is going to expose the role of three musketeers – Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and YSR Congress party president Y s Jaganmohan Reddy in the division of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state.
According to sources, Andhra Congress leaders are planning to bring Rahul to AP sometime in the last week of May and make him issue an elaborate “confessional statement” as to why the Congress party had to take the decision of dividing united AP.
Rahul would explain that the Congress was the last party to react on the Telangana statehood demand and it had taken the decision only after getting letters from all the parties including the TDP which gave its consent for the division.
Even the representative of the YSR Congress party, who attended the meeting of then Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, did not object to the division of the state per se as per the Constitutional norms.
Rahul would also expose the drama enacted by Naidu and Venkaiah on the special category status issue.
“The Congress is now being blamed for not incorporating the special category issue in bifurcation bill. But in fact, the UPA was planning to include it in the draft bill, saying special category status would be given to AP for five years. But Venkaiah wanted the status for 10 years and Naidu wanted 15 years. Because of this confusion, the Congress could not incorporate it in the bill, but got it announced by then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the last moment,” Rahul would explain.
Well, any takers for Rahul baba statement? And will the Congress resurrect with this statement?