What gains Telangana region may witness by agreeing to divide Andhra Pradesh is a matter of conjecture but the ruling Congress is expected to find the going tough in the Andhra-Rayalaseema regions.

The Congress hopes the decision in favour of Telangana will pay rich political dividends to it but is wary of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti that remained the torchbearer of the separate statehood movement.

The TRS is yet non-committal on the prospective merger with the Congress and will keep the latter guessing for more time. But if the TRS seeks to establish its own political identity in the new state rather than embrace the Congress, the latter could face problems.

Such an eventuality will upset the Congress’ larger political game plan. The Telugu Desam Party hopes to re-establish its hold in Telangana, having inclined in favour of bifurcation. But, the same factor may dent its prospects in Andhra-Rayalaseema regions though it still remains the major force.

By standing for a unified state in the last minute, the YSR Congress has been reduced to a naught in Telangana and its influence, if any, should now be confined to Andhra-Rayalaseema regions.

In the emerging scenario, TDP and YSRC will be the main contenders for power in Andhra-Rayalaseema region. YSRC's fortunes, however, hinge on its chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and if he doesn't come out of jail ahead of the general elections, the party could face hurdles.

Interesting will be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s case in the two regions now that the state bifurcation is set to happen. The party has been robbed of a key electoral issue in Telangana with the Congress beating it in the game.

Its existence has become a big question mark in Andhra-Rayalaseema region because of the pro-division stance it has adopted. The CPI still has some influence in Telangana and that was one reason for it to support the statehood demand. Whether it will help the party make any gains in the next elections is, however, uncertain.

The CPM may not gain much across the regions unless it forges an alliance with the YSRC, as being speculated, in Andhra-Rayalaseema region. While safeguarding its traditional bastion Hyderabad, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) wanted to spread its wings in different pockets of Andhra Pradesh that had a sizeable Muslim population.

The strategy might have worked at least partially had the state remained united but in the changed scenario the MIM’s plans might not fructify.


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