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Sonia holds meeting on Telangana issue

J. Balaji
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi held consultations with senior party colleagues on Telangana issue.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi held consultations with senior party colleagues on Telangana issue.

What to do with Hyderabad if Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated to create Telangana?

This is the hurdle the Congress and the UPA-II government seems to be facing as the party president Sonia Gandhi took up the Telangana issue at her residence for a discussion with seniors in the party as well as the UPA government.

This comes close on the heels of an all-party meeting on the subject held by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde here on December 28, last year, after which he had announced that the decision on Telangana would be announced in one month.

Additional in-charge of party’s Andhra Pradesh unit and Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, who too was present in the consultation meeting, told The Hindu that no final decision had been taken on the issue.

Sources said the discussions focused on the pros and cons of accepting or refusing the separate State demand. Hyderabad has become the latest controversy as the Telangana protagonists wanted it to be continued as the capital of Telangana, while those who are fighting for a united Andhra Pradesh, wanted it to be declared as Union Territory, a la Chandigarh (capital for both Punjab and Haryana).

Significantly the discussion on Telangana has come up a day before a meeting of Telangana leaders including MPs in Hyderabad to decide on the future course of action.

Apart from Mr. Shinde and Mr. Ravi, other party seniors who attended the meeting were A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Digvijay Singh and P. Chidambaram.

The Congress Govt must give a clear information on the Telangana State
Formation, the right answer has to be given is it in favour of or
Against for Telangana, instead of dragging the issue till 2014
elections this will spoil the image of Congrees both in Telangana as
well as the other part of the State in Andhra Pradesh. It has been
sixty years but the case stands were it is, time has come to response
Govt has to be Bold in taking the decision as any political party
can't take advantage in both the regions on the same issue, even TDP
will lose in its decision if prolonged blame game by both the Congress
and TDP. MIM is also spoiling the issue as sitting on the wall, its a
complete Hand in Glove of all the Political parties for gaining the
maximum share from the issue. The persons really to be blame are MP's
,MLA's and MLC's from the Telangana region. Time has come to a point
where every thing can be melt on the issue. The Political parties has
to give a clear statement on the issue.

from:  M A Rauff
Posted on: Jan 3, 2013 at 23:57 IST
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