Special Correspondent

CHICKABALLAPUR: Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily on Friday said that the Centre was committed to creating a separate Telangana State and further consultations on the issue would be initiated only after peace returned to Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Moily told presspersons here that the Centre had neither done a U-turn nor put on the backburner the Telangana issue, but had only said that larger consultations were needed on the issue. “Further discussions can be held only in a peaceful situation,” he remarked.

Mr. Moily said certain Constitutional obligations had to be fulfilled before forming the new State and, he referred to a reported statement of Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K. ChandrashekarRao that Telanagana cannot be created overnight.

On the mass resignation of several Ministers from Telangana region, Mr. Moily, who is in-charge of the Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, said the party leadership would sort out the matter.

However, Mr. Moily refused to comment on the allegations by a senior Congress MP from Telangana that a fellow Congress MP from the Rayalaseema region had engineered the anti-bifurcation agitations.

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