Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Tuesday that he would convene a meeting of political parties in Andhra Pradesh on the Telangana issue only when all of them were “ready” to give their views. A date could not be set because he would be able to convene a meeting only when all parties were ready. At his monthly press conference, he said the government was considering the Srikrishna Committee's recommendations. “If we invite all the eight parties to the meeting, it is my hope that they will come for it,” he said.
Mr. Chidambaram appealed for restoration of peace and order in the Telangana region, and for allowing political parties to form their opinions and the Centre to handle such difficult and delicate issues that needed a great degree of sensitivity. “One must be patient. Such issues cannot be decided overnight.”