Camping in Delhi for the last two days, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrasekhar Rao has activated back channel diplomacy with the Congress leaders to find a way out for both the parties from the Telangana crisis.
With the help of some mediators, KCR is believed to have a feeler to the Congress bosses that he was even willing to merge his party with Congress if a positive announcement is made on formation of separate Telangana state.
According to sources, the merger offer was very much on the table. However, it comes with a rider that the UPA government must announce a specific time-frame for carving out a new state.
A section of Telangana protagonists are, however, opposed to KCR’s unilateral style of functioning and his cosy disposition towards the Congress central leaders.
While KCR’s close confidants are pushing the merger idea as an effective bait for the Congress, his detractors suspect that he could strike a lucrative deal with the ruling party at the cost of the statehood movement and the interests of the people of Telangana. KCR has been telling his close associates that since TRS was founded to achieve the statehood goal, he would not mind merging the party with Congress once that goal is achieved.