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Congress Core Committee postpones decision on Telangana state

September 30, 2011
New Delhi

The Congress Core Committee meeting on the Telangana issue in New Delhi in the evening couldn't draw a solution as the committee felt the need for more consultations at the national level. The core committee met at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after State in-charge for Congress affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad submitted his report on the consultations he had with the leaders from the three regions to AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister AK Antony, and AICC president's political secretary Ahmed Patel were present along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Ghulam Nabi Azad, though not a member of the core committee, was invited for the meeting which lasted for about one hour and 40 minutes.

Sources say that Ghulam Nabi Azad, in his report, has suggested the Government to take a quick decision on the formation of a separate Telangana state and termed the current general strike in Telangana as very serious. Azad also told the committee that no unanimity and no consensus was present in the consultations that he had with the representatives of the three regions.

Speaking after the meeting, Ahmed Patel told the reporters that the Core Committee has decided to meet again after the Dasara holidays to discuss on the issue again. It is likely that they will take a decision within 10 days after their next meeting. An all-party meeting on the issue is not likely to happen before the Congress Core Committee meets again.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao and other TJAC leaders who flew in today to New Delhi are scheduled to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow.

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