Karimnagar MP for a time-bound process

‘Majority of people are in favour of separate State’

Congress MLAs from Rayalaseema, Andhra meet today

HYDERABAD: Congress MP from Karimnagar Ponnam Prabhakar has urged the Central Government and the Congress leadership to expeditiously announce a time-bound programme for formation of separate Telangana State in order avoid tensions in the region.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced during the January 5 meeting of recognised political parties in New Delhi that the course of action to be adopted on Telangana would be announced after discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But, the Centre is yet to communicate its views on the issue almost a fortnight after the meeting.

“We are aware that setting deadlines and quitting from posts is not a solution to achieve Telangana, but it is a way through which we can mount pressure on the Centre,” he said. Stating that a majority of people in coastal Andhra too were demanding a separate State, he appealed to MPs from other regions to cooperate in harmonious separation of the two regions.

Meanwhile, Congress legislators from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema region have decided to meet in Hyderabad on Tuesday to chalk out future course of action in their struggle for a unified State.

The meeting, involving politicians, mass organisations and other forces working for unified State, would discuss various issues pertaining to the ongoing agitation including the resignations submitted by the Telangana MLAs of different parties.

Government whip S. Sailajanath and others told reporters that there was no threat to the Congress Government headed by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

They suspected that the Opposition parties were following a “hidden agenda” aimed at destabilising the Government in the name of the separate Telangana agitation.