Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Meeting on Telangana

In a bid to find a way out of the Telangana imbroglio, the Centre on Wednesday convened a meeting in New Delhi on January 5 of 8 recognised political parties in Andhra Pradesh for a discussion on the issue.

P Chidambaram sent an invitation to the leaders of the 8 parties following his December 23 statement in which he had promised to hold wide ranging consultations with all political parties and groups in the state on the issue of separate Telangana state.

The Congress, TDP, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, CPI, CPI(M), Praja Rajyam, BJP and MIM are the recognised parties in Andhra Pradesh.

The Centre's decision comes after detailed discussions in the government and at the highest political level in Congress party in the last few days after political parties were divided on regional lines in Andhra Pradesh and demanded immediate steps on formation of the separate state.

Yesterday, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said he was prepared for talks but would not accept setting up of any committee on the issue which, he considered, would be a waste of time.

Parties and leaders from Telangana cited the statement of Chidambaram on December 9 in which he had promised that that the process of forming Telangana state would be initiated.

JAC Welcomes Meet:

The Joint Action Committee of political parties spearheading the campaign for separate Telangana today hailed the Centre's decision to hold a meeting of political parties in Delhi but would like to know its "scope and purpose".

"The decision to hold talks is a step forward. But we would like to know the scope and purpose of the exercise. We can''t give a final assessment until we know that," JAC convener Prof. Kodandaram told reporters.

He was reacting to the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram''s invitation to leaders of 8 recognised parties from Andhra Pradesh in Delhi on Jan 5 to discuss the Telangana imbroglio.

Kodandaram said the JAC would discuss the Centre''s invitation and take a decision. "But we will continue with our agitation," he said.

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