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Staff Reporter

KARIMNAGAR: The Congress has ruled out the possibility of extending its support to private member's bill on Telangana if it is introduced in Parliament by the BJP.

The party is of the opinion that introducing a private member bill is not an easy thing and separate Telangana State cannot be formed by it. AICC general secretary and AP Affairs in-charge Digvijay Singh made it clear on Wednesday that the party was trying to evolve a consensus among the UPA allies on the issue. "A private member's bill will not serve any purpose," he said.

Mr. Singh, who was here to participate in the party's election campaign, recalled that the three States Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh were formed only after evolving consensus and not by securing majority in Parliament.

The Congress was holding parleys with the Left parties and the MIM to evolve a consensus on Telangana.

No referendum

To a query, he said the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat byelection was not a referendum on Telangana statehood issue which had larger dimensions. The Congress was sensitive to the demand for separate Telangana raised by TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao.

Besides giving prime land to the TRS in Hyderabad for the construction of its party office, the party had "protected the interests of Telangana on all fronts" by holding discussions with the TRS on the execution of Pothireddypadu and Polavaram project and other issues.

On the seizure of sports kits and money by TRS leaders from a vehicle in Karimnagar district, he alleged that the "drama is penned, directed and produced" by TRS legislator T Harish Rao.Meanwhile, the Election Commission ordered shifting of three police officials of Karimnagar, reports PTI from New Delhi. In an order to the State Government, the poll panel said the DSP and the CI of Karimnagar and the Sub-Inspector of Thimmapur should be transferred forthwith for "not performing their duties properly", EC sources said.

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