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UPA coordination panel meet on Telangana on July 31

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Students of Osmania University burn the effigy of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during a protest demonstration in Hyderabad on Saturday.Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
Students of Osmania University burn the effigy of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during a protest demonstration in Hyderabad on Saturday.Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

A meeting of the Congress-led goverment Coordination Committee has been called on July 31 to take a view on the vexed Telangana issue amid indications from the party that creation of a separate state is now a ‘fait accompli’ despite the complications attached to it. Senior party leaders from the state said that creation of a separate state appears to be a fait accompli but the party will have to address complications attached with it. A top Congress party meeting is also expected to be held after the coordination committee meeting.

With the top Congress leadership appearing to have veered towards creation of Telangana, Congress MPs from rest of Andhra Pradesh have opposed any division of the state while a party MP from Telangana region had said that the government should go ahead with the decision.

The six anti-Telangana MPs, including Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, K S Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met PM Manmohan Singh in a delegation to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

The MPs told Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if Andhra Pradesh is divided.

Rao said after the meeting that any decision to split the state would create problems. It was not in the interest of the people nor the various regions of Andhra Pradesh, he said.

Bapiraju had said the delegation told the Prime Minister that formation of Telangana will create problems in many states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where there are demands for separate statehood.PTI




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