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'Process of consultation on Telangana issue over wait for the decision', says Digvijay Singh

July 26, 2013
Hyderabad

Singing the same old song, the AICC general secretary and in-charge of the AP affairs Digvijay Singh said on Friday that the time has come to take a final call on the issue has come and the process of consultations have been over. In all probabilities, a final decision would be out by August 5 before the commencement of Parliament sessions. The final call on the issue, festering for the past many years, will now be taken by the party’s highest decision making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

Core Committee meets: He held discussions with the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister C Damodara Rajanarasimha and PCC president Botch Satyanarayana separately well before the meeting. Former in charge of the State affairs Gulam Nabi Azad was at the meeting. Amid speculations that the Core Committee held at the residence of the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh on Friday. The meeting was attended by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, AK Anthony, Sushil Kumar Shinde, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh and Gulam Nabi Azad. The meeting that lasted two hours and the AICC general secretary asked to wait for the decision of the party as well UPA.

Chief Minister Kiran Kumar continues to oppose

It is reported that the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy continued to oppose any move to bifurcate the State. According to reports, he told to Sonia Gandhi that creating Telangana would be a suicidal step.

Earlier this day, the leaders, Ministers and MPs from Seemandhra met the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and urged him to convey the strong opposition over bifurcation of the State. Hectic activity was seen in the national capital following resignations from the MLAs in mounting pressure to keep the State united.

Seemandhra Ministers warns to take hard decisions

The Ministers from Seemandhra warned the party leadership that they would not hesitate to take hard decisions if their plea for keeping the state united is ignored. In a letter addressed to the party president Sonia Gandhi conveying their strong feelings after a meeting of Ministers from the State as well from Centre, MPs and others leaders from Seemandhra against bifurcation of the State. The one and half hour long meting entrusted to Union Minsters KS Rao, K Chiranjeevi and MM Pallam Raju the responsibility of handing over the letter to Sonia Gandhi. They pointed out that if Telangana was created without consulting them, they would be forced to take certain hard decision.

Minister Sailajanath speaking to press expressed the hope that the party high command would not take any decision without considering the party fate in Seemandhra. He claimed that the division of the State was a mere speculation. He said that if the party high command indeed decides in favor of division, we will hold a broad-based meeting of the MLAs and MLCs to decide the future course of action. Minister for Municipal Administration Maheedhar Reddy said that the Ministers were still hopeful that the State would remain united.

'MIM is for united Andhra Pradesh', says MP Owaisi

MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has made it clear that in no uncertain terms that his party was opposed to bifurcation of the State. He said that the party's consistent stand is against division of the State and the proposal of Rayala-Telangana is not acceptable to the party. He said that bifurcation will strength the BJP and communal forces, he reportedly told to Congress leaders who telephoned him on Friday before the Core Committee meeting. The MP said the Centre should not take any decision on the status of Hyderabad without consulting MIM which he claimed was a force to reckon with. He said that if the Congress still decided to divide the State, it would forego the support of the Muslims and demanded that the UPA government should take its allies and friendly parties into confidence and also a meeting of all patties that are represented in the Parliament as bifurcation had nationwide ramification.

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