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Jaipal ‘balm’ for hurt T-Congress leaders

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Telangana Congress leaders upbeat after receiving feedback on the deliberations of the Core Committee meeting

S. Jaipal Reddy
S. Jaipal Reddy

Smiles returned to the faces of Congress leaders from Telangana on Saturday after they received feedback from Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy about the deliberations of the Core Committee meeting.

Having spent an anxious day trying to know what transpired in the meeting, the leaders appeared upbeat after their interaction with Mr. Reddy. On Friday evening, they were downcast after AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh announced that the Telangana issue would be referred to the Congress Working Committee.

The mood of the leaders, including Ministers, MPs and MLAs, changed when Mr. Reddy reportedly told them that some key members of the Core Committee had dropped strong hints that division of the State was on the cards and that the CWC meeting could be convened as early as next week. Once the CWC holds deliberations on the subject, the UPA partners would be taken into confidence so that they do not disagree with the Congress decision if and when a Bill is introduced in Parliament.

Once they endorse the bifurcation, the AICC will ask Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to convene a special session of the AP Assembly in August first or second week and table a resolution on Telangana. Irrespective of the outcome of voting on the resolution, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) would meet and recommend a legislation during the monsoon session of Parliament, likely to begin on August 19. This was the version put out by the Telangana Congress camp.

Among those who met Mr. Reddy were Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha and K. Jana Reddy, other Ministers, MPs and MLAs. Mr. Rajanarsimha briefed them about his presentation to the Core Committee in favour of Telangana.

Mr. Reddy reportedly told them that some key members of the Core Committee had dropped strong hints that division of the State was on the cards


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