Last Minute Hectic Discussions on "Telangana" In New Delhi
Hectic consultations were held involving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues on the eve of the all-party conference on Telangana issue in Delhi on Tuesday as TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao demanded an immediate Parliament law to facilitate formation of a separate state.
Singh discussed issue with senior colleagues Pranab Mukherjee (Finance), P Chidambaram (Home), A K Antony (Defence) and Veerappa Moily (Law) on the strategy for Tuesday's meeting convened by the Home Minister.
The meeting, expected to devise a mechanism and roadmap to resolve the vexed Telangana issue, will be attended by Congress, TDP, TRS, Praja Rajyam, CPI(M), CPI, BJP and MIM - the eight registered political parties in Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who arrived here to participate in the meeting, met Chidambaram and followed it up with another meeting with the Prime Minister.
"I am not here to give any solution. I will attend the meeting as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh," said Rosaiah, who is said to be not very keen on bifurcation.
Rao, the political face of the pro-Telangana agitation, demanded that the Centre should follow up on its promise to create separate Telangana.
"The Government of India has announced its policy on Telangana. It should follow it up with Constitutional process.
A resolution should be moved in Parliament," he told reporters after meeting CPI general secretary A B Bardhan.
Chidambaram also met with Governor E S L Narashiman, Assembly Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy and APCC chief D Srinivas.
The Governor is understood to have briefed Chidambaram on the current situation in the state against the backdrop of the campaign for separate Telangana which is opposed in the other regions of the state.
Rosaiah said he would represent the state in the meeting and would elicit views of all political parties after which some decision on the issue can be taken.
Meanwhile, Congress MPs from Telangana and coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions met separately and discussed the strategy to be adopted tomorrow. Senior party MP K S Rao, who is one of the Congress representatives for tomorrow's meeting, met his colleagues from the region and elicited their views.
MPs from the region, including Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, were also present at the meeting. Besides Rao, Congress will be represented by Huzurnagar MLA N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who hails from Telangana.
L Rajagopal, who was the first to resign his Lok Sabha seat, said tomorrow's meeting should have been held in Hyderabad in order to sort out the vexed issue. He accused some professors of Osmania University, the nerve centre of pro-Telangana agitation, of instigating the students.
Congress and Telugu Desam are virtually divided on regional lines with leaders from Telangana pitching for a separate state and those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions wanting a united Andhra Pradesh.
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