Former APCC president D. Srinivas has said that the party leadership could break the impasse over statehood issue by trying to allay the fears of Seemandhra region on the fate of Hyderabad in the event of bifurcation.

“The state of affairs in the Congress has reached a stage where leaders are virtually divided on regional lines.

Central leadership is already engaged in holding consultations and has finished its work. But, the State Congress leaders from the three regions can take the initiative and find solution to the burning issue,” Mr. Srinivas said on Sunday.

He referred to the statement made by late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on the floor of the Assembly in February 2009, which said: “The Government of Andhra Pradesh has no objection for the formation of Telangana State in principle and feels that time has come to move forward decisively on this issue. However, before taking a decision many of the issues need to be resolved as serious concerns have been raised by the stakeholders”.

The former PCC chief felt that the statehood issue had hit a road block over the status of Hyderabad. “I personally feel that the State Congress leadership should take the initiative and invite leaders from the three regions for interaction. There is nothing wrong in seeking the opinion of leaders from Seemandhra on what should be the status of Hyderabad,” he remarked.

He said if the leaders came up with positive suggestions, the same could be posed to the high command.