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This is last all-party meet on ‘T’: Shinde

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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Sushil Kumar Shinde
Sushil Kumar Shinde

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said that a decision on Telangana would be taken within a month after considering and consolidating the views expressed by representatives of political parties at the all-party meeting held in New Delhi on Friday.

Speaking to presspersons after concluding a 90-minute-long meeting, he said that he had heard the views of the 16 leaders who represented eight political parties – Congress, Telugu Desam, TRS, YSR Congress, CPI, BJP, CPI (M) and MIM.

“I cannot tell you what they have expressed at the meeting but this will be the last all-party meeting on the issue of Telangana,” he categorically stated.

Asked about the stand of the Congress, Mr. Shinde said he was not in a position to comment on it and reiterated that a decision would come out in a month. “Remain in peace, the Centre will talk. Only good will happen. I will express my views of what I heard at the all-party meeting at a proper forum. I am fully satisfied. Some parties have said yes and some said no. A decision will be taken,” he said.

Former Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy of the Congress, who hails from Telangana, said that after the meeting he was confident that the Centre would take a positive decision on Telangana. On the other hand, former Minister Gade Venkata Reddy, who represents the Seemandhra region said he spoke forcefully in favour of keeping the State united.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhara Rao expressed his deep unhappiness over the outcome of the meeting, saying that the major political parties had merely reiterated their known stands.

He has given a call for a bandh in the 10 districts of Telangana. “It was (a) hopeless (meeting) and I do not believe Mr. Shinde’s statement that a decision will be taken within a month,” he said, before leaving to attend a meeting of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC) meeting in New Delhi to decide the future course of action.


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