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‘Centre considering Telangana issue’

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N. Kiran Kumar Reddy
N. Kiran Kumar Reddy

The Centre is considering the “sensitive” and “delicate” issue of separate Statehood for Telangana and will take a decision after consulting all stakeholders, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said here on Wednesday.

Replying to queries by presspersons during his visit to Bangalore to campaign for the Congress for the May 5 Assembly elections, Mr. Reddy said: “The issue of Telangana needs time. It is a sensitive and delicate issue and the Central leadership is looking at it.”

Brushing aside questions as to whether a decision on Telangana would be taken before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections or not, he said: “It is in the process. Let us wait. We cannot fix a deadline for this issue.”

Water disputes

To queries on water sharing between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Reddy said water disputes had to be settled amicably. “The Polavaram project across the Godavari will provide 35 tmcft of water that can be shared between Karnataka and Maharashtra. Karnataka will get 21 tmcft of this water,” he said.

Earlier, addressing presspersons, Mr. Reddy exuded confidence that the Congress would emerge victorious with a thumping majority in Karnataka.

He said Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh had always been a stronghold of the Congress and people of the States had rescued the party during difficult times.

“This election will set the base for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and Karnataka is going to play a crucial role,” he said, and added that it was always advantageous to have a single party in power in the State and at the Centre.

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