Congress MLA Uttam Kumar Reddy, who was part of the meeting called by the Centre on Telangana, on Thursday said the bifurcation of the state into Andhra and Telangana was the only acceptable option.

“Of all the options given, only option five is acceptable to us which speaks of bifurcation of the state in Andhra and Telangana with Hyderabad as the capital of Telangana,” Mr. Reddy, who represented the Congress in the meeting along with MP K.S. Rao, said.

However, Andhra Pradesh CPI(M) leader B.V. Raghavulu said status quo should be maintained on Telangana issue and the Centre should come out with a solution.

“We want status quo to be maintained and we urge the Centre to come with a solution. Such discussions would be of no use. We hope in the next meeting, the Centre comes with some solutions to the issue,” he said.

Reddy, who hails from Telangana region had represented the ruling party in a similar meeting of political parties convened by the Centre in January last year.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had called the meeting to discuss the Srikrishna Committee report before making it public.

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