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President’s rule in A.P. will not bring any results: senior Union Minister

Telangana Ministers meet Veerappa Moily, Ahmed Patel

NEW DELHI: The Centre may come out with a clarificatory statement to bring the situation in Telangana under control as pro-Telangana activists, including MLAs, Ministers and MPs, have been demanding that it come out with a time frame for going ahead with the process of setting up the separate State.

“It may be issued in a day or two and we are firm on the continuation of the process of forming the separate State, bifurcating Andhra Pradesh,” a senior Union Minister said categorically on condition of anonymity. “There is no going back on the issue as the decision had been taken after proper consultations,” he added.

Asked about the demand from certain quarters to either bring the State under President’s Rule or keep the Assembly under suspended animation, he said such a move would not bring results. “It will only aggravate the situation.”

The Minister denied that the Centre had given additional charge of Andhra Pradesh to Chhattisgarh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is a former IPS officer of A.P. and former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, keeping this (President’s Rule) in mind.

Meanwhile, nine of the 13 Telangana Ministers, who have submitted their resignations, met Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily and Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and pressed for the announcement of a time frame for the Telangana process.

Some of them remained in the capital to meet Home Minister P. Chidambaram and other party seniors.

Briefing journalists, Andhra Pradesh Higher Education Minister D. Sridhar Babu denied that they were blackmailing the Congress and the Centre with their resignation decision. They ruled out reversing their decision unless the Centre announced a categorical time frame or made a positive statement to everyone’s satisfaction.

“We are not blackmailing. There is nothing called blackmailing in politics. We are putting forward our demands to our central leadership about the [prevailing] sentiments,” Mr. Babu said.

Asked whether the Ministers suggested any time frame to the Central leaders, he said it was a constitutional mechanism. “Time frame is known according to the machinery. We need an early resolution.”

To another question, he said they had sent their resignations to Ms. Gandhi because it was she who gave them ticket to contest the elections and made them Ministers. They were ready to put in their papers before Chief Minister K. Rosaiah when the time came or if he so demanded.

On the charge that they had brought the government machinery to a halt, putting the people to inconvenience, with their resignations, Mr. Babu said every government was committed to proceeding according to the wishes of the people. When the wishes of the people were granted, everything would be back to normal, he said.

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