|Revolt appears to be brewing in Congress with several party MPs from Telangana today skipping a crucial meeting called by party floor leaders in Parliament on the FDI vote.|
Protests in Telangana. AP.
New Delhi:Revolt appears to be brewing inCongress with several party MPs from Telangana today skippinga crucial meeting called by party floor leaders in Parliamenton the FDI vote and a few of them even meeting TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao.
The meeting with Rao, who has openly announced that hewould vote against the UPA government in Lok Sabha on the FDIissue, is seen as an embarrassment to the Congress andthe government.
Adding to the suspense was intense speculation that a fewCongress MPs from Telangana were contemplating to quit theparty and join TRS, which has been spearheading the protestfor a separate Telangana state in the recent times.
The day began with seven Telangana MPs boycotting themeeting called by Home Minister and Leader of Lok SabhaSushilkumar Shinde and Parliamentary Affairs Minister KamalNath and keeping the question of skipping the vote tomorrowopen.
The meeting was attended only by two MPs each from LokSabha and Rajya Sabha. Two Union ministers SarveySatyanarayana and Balram Naik also attended, while S JaipalReddy could not make it.
“We boycotted the meeting. We did not want to go,”Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar told PTI.His colleague and Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi also spoke in a similar vein when he said they decided unanimouslyto boycott the meeting called by party leaders.
On their strategy during vote tomorrow, they said”tomorrow’s strategy will be decided tomorrow”.Though it appeared like a token protest against their party, events that unfolded in the evening projected that theMPs were serious in their threat of boycotting when they metRao, the political face of the Telangana agitation.
Rao himself drove to the residences of one of the MPs GVivekanand, son of senior Congress leader G Venkatasamy, andcloseted with him and two other MPs for over an hour.
Though the reason cited was that Rao came to wishVivekanand on his birthday, but the MP himself was candid when nhe said Telangana and other issues of interest were discussed.