AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday expressed the hope that all political parties from the State would frankly express their views on Telangana issue at the all-party meeting convened by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi on December 28.

Talking to reporters after inaugurating World Allergy Organisation’s International Scientific Conference here, he said that from time-to-time different views were being heard with some in favour of pro-Telangana and others in favour of an undivided State.

Since Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde recently took over as the Home Minister, he decided to call for an all-party meeting on December 28 tentatively so that he would be able to know afresh their views.

Congress stand?

Mr. Azad parried a question on the stand of Congress party on Telangana Statehood.

Congress’ meet

The AP Congress Committee has decided to conduct a brain storming session on December 16 kick-starting the party’s preparations for the next elections. The meeting to be attended by AICC general secretary AP affairs in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad and special emissary Vayalar Ravi is aimed at gearing up the leaders and cadre to effectively take the party and Government programmes into the people. The session will be the first such major gathering after Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi started engaging himself with party affairs at different levels. PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana, who was in New Delhi on Thursday, called on Mr. Azad and invited him to attend the brainstorming session being conducted to remove the perceived “lull” in the party affairs for some time.

The event would be preceded by an extended meeting of the party’s coordination committee constituted to monitor the interaction between the party and the Government.