Hectic parleys continued in Delhi over the Telangana issue as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday called on Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde besides meeting Congress MPs from Seemandhra, who are opposing the creation of new State.
On the other hand, the Congress high-level committee, headed by Defence Minister A.K. Antony with Union Minister Veerappa Moily, party general secretary Digvijay Singh and senior leader Ahmed Patel as its members, is likely to visit Andhra Pradesh soon after the monsoon session of Parliament, which has been rocked by persistent protests by MPs from Seemandhra region.
Sources said in his talks with Mr. Shinde, Mr. Reddy reiterated his stand against bifurcation and explained how the Congress would suffer a serious setback with this decision.
On Wednesday, during his meeting with Mr. Singh, Mr. Reddy spoke against the creation of Telangana.
The Antony Committee, that has been meeting various stakeholders to reach some amiable solution is all set to visit Hyderabad and places in the Seemandhra where protests are continuing against the government decision. This is being done to speed up the official process of creating the new State that will begin with the Home Ministry sending a note on the same to the Cabinet.
‘Convene all-party meet’
Late on Tuesday, a delegation of Congress MPs, including Union Ministers M. Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi, J.D. Seelam and D. Purandeswari, met the committee members and demanded an all-party committee be set up to evolve a consensus on controversial issues or else the party would suffer major political set back in Seemandhra region, sources said.
They also expressed their displeasure over Mr. Shinde’s statement on the Cabinet note and said how it could be done by this month-end when the committee was yet to submit its report. They feared that such statements would further deteriorate the situation in the Seemandhra region. Congress MPs from Seemandhra region have threatened to intensify their stir if their interests were not protected while bifurcating the State. “We will not shy away from any action…People of Andhra Pradesh are on the roads. They are agitating without any political support, without any leaders’ support,” Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal told journalists here.