AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh has reiterated the Congress’ commitment to addressing concerns of Seemandhra such as safeguarding interests of those living in Telangana, education & employment opportunities in Hyderabad and sharing of river water and power.
The Group of Ministers constituted by the Central Government would hold detailed consultations with stakeholders on these and other sensitive issues.
Asserting that it was impossible for the Congress to retract from its decision, he appealed to the agitating people to call off their strike so that a healthy dialogue process could take place.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr. Singh expressed concern over the hardship being faced by the people because of the employees’ strike.
The worsening power situation in particular was hitting hospitals and other emergency services very hard.
He hoped that the talks initiated by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy with representatives of the agitating employees unions would bear fruit.
Mr. Singh released the letters addressed by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu to Pranab Mukherjee Committee and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde supporting the formation of separate Telangana State.
In his letter, Mr. Naidu wanted the Centre to take a decision on Telangana and end the uncertainty prevailing in the State.
He also released the letter written by YSRC stating that it would respect the sentiment of people of Telangana. The party had accused the Centre of playing havoc with the lives of people without taking a decision in spite of the fact that Article 3 of the Constitution authorised the Centre alone with the power to take decision to keep a State intact or reconstitute it.