HYDERABAD: Refuting criticism that he was against creation of a separate Telangana State, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said he had requested AICC president Sonia Gandhi to take a decision and offered to abide by it.

Dr. Reddy expressed concern over statements being issued by various political parties on Telangana and dismissed the allegations that Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Congress leaders like D. Nagender were issuing statements against the separate statehood at his behest. He was responding to queries while participating in a discussion on “minorities, law and order, communal harmony” in a private television channel on Monday.

The Chief Minister said the government was committed to maintaining communal harmony and it would not hesitate to take stringent action against those propagating communal hatred irrespective of whether they belonged to MIM or the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Congress was not appeasing minorities and the provision of four per cent reservation to Muslims was in tune with the promise made in the Congress’ election manifesto.