Congress on Friday said consultation process with regard to separate Telangana demand is on at various levels, but refused to set any timeframe for arriving at a decision.

Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, who has been holding talks with agitated Congress leaders from Telangana region for nearly a year now, said the issue was still under discussion and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and PCC chief would be called here for talks.

“It is true they are expressing their resentment or protest and they are demanding Telangana for long time. They need the decision at the earliest.

I fully understand their sentiment...we have not delayed their demand and never told them that nothing will be done,” he said.

“It needs dialogue, it needs discussions. I can’t tell you the date. You will have to ask Ghulam Nabi Azad about this, who is the Congress’s Andhra Pradesh in-charge,” he said. Ravi’s comments come two days after Congress said it was not opposed to the creation of a Telangana State.

To discuss with CM

He also claimed that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde never promised that a decision would be taken by the Centre by January 28. “We never discussed the date. We will call and discuss the issue with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Botcha Satyanarayana.

Telangana issue is still under discussion and how long (it will take) I can’t tell you,” he said. On statement by TRS MLA Harish Rao, that the party would agree for the merger provided the Congress high command announces separate state, he said: “It is welcome statement.” He also asked people not to “precipitate the situation“.

Lokpal Bill

On Lokpal Bill, he said it can be passed in the Budget session as the Government has made amendments to the committee report.

PTI