Hyderabad: Political issues concerning Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh are linked to the Gujarat Assembly polls in many ways. The two key BJP leaders — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah — are deeply involved in the Gujarat poll campaign, keeping all other decisions pending.
For example, approval for the fresh delimitation of Assembly seats in both the Telugu states has to be placed before Parliament, but Union home minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to key leaders of TS and AP that nothing can be decided till the Gujarat Assembly elections are over.
The party’s two top leaders will be free after December 14, the second and final phase of the elections. The Parliament session begins the next day and both leaders will be busy attending to pending issues.
“The chances are 50:50 as far as delimitation is concerned. We may meet and bring pressure only after the Gujarat polls and not before,” said a Union minister of state in the Union Cabinet.
TRS and TD leaders, who are eager to have the delimitation Bill passed during the Winter Session of Parliament, believe the Gujarat results will be crucially important for all future decisions the ruling party makes.
“The BJP will win Himachal Pradesh hands down. If it wins Gujarat also, with over 115 Assembly seats, Modi-Shah will be unstoppable in their political decisions,” a senior TD leader said....