Congress talks tough

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Concerned over the protests in Seemandhra region, the Congress on Wednesday made a strong pitch for the invocation of the Essential Services Maintenance Act to bring about normality, insisting at the same time that the decision on Telangana was “irreversible”.

Party spokesman P. C. Chacko, however, declined to give a timeframe for the formation of the new State when asked whether it would be formed before or after the Lok Sabha polls and whether a bill on the issue would be brought in the winter session of Parliament. -PTI

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