Hectic consultations were held on Monday involving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues on the eve of the all-party conference on Telangana issue here on Tuesday as the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao demanded an immediate Parliament law to facilitate formation of a separate state.
Dr. Singh discussed issue with senior colleagues Pranab Mukherjee (Finance), P Chidambaram (Home), A K Antony (Defence) and Veerappa Moily (Law) on the strategy for tomorrow’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 Mr. 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 Mr. Rosaiah, who is said to be not very keen on bifurcation.
Mr. 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.