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Home Minister writes to 8 political parties on Telangana issue

October 31, 2013

The Union Home Ministry on Thursday has written letters to eight political parties in the State seeking their views on the issues raised in terms of reference of the GoM.

In the back drop of the Union Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde's announcement of holding an all-party meet in the next week, the letter raises doubts among the political parties not to delay the bifurcation process but to expose political parties that were speaking on two voices. The political parties that have received the letters were Congress, TDP, YSRCP, BJP, TRS, CPI, CPI (M) and AIMIM. It may be recalled that CPI (M) and AIMIM are for united State while the Congress, TDP, TRS, BJP, CPI are for bifurcation.

The Union Home Ministry listed out the eleven terms of reference each one referring especially to bifurcation and wanting the eight political parties to give their suggestions in writing by November 5. However, there is no mention of an all-party meet in the letters.

APCC president wants parties to clear their stand

APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana asked the political parties to make use of the all-party meet convened by the Union Home Ministry to clear the air on their stand on bifurcation of the State.

He said that political parties should stop hoodwinking the people at least now and it not be proper to raise their hopes by making such claims. He charged both the TDP and YSRCP in particular for changing their stand and accused them of trying to secure political mileage out of the sensitive issue. The TDP has given letter of support for bifurcation while the YSRCP wanted the Centre to follow the guidelines prescribed under Article 3. On the stand of 'equal justice' he wanted both Jagan and Vijayamma to explain what it means, he said.


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