Telangana talks over, time for decision, says Digvijay

Excitement and tension mounted in Telangana and Seemandra regions respectively on Friday as Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, who is also in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, asserted that the time had come to take a decision on the decades-old Telangana statehood issue.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Sun 28 Jul 2013, 12:11 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:50 PM

Singh, who was speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi after meeting with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha and Congress state unit chief Botsa Satyanarayana, said the process of consultation on the vexed issue had been completed, and that a decision would be taken soon. “The people of Andhra Pradesh would be informed of the decision soon,” he said.

Even as the developments shifted to New Delhi, where the Congress Core Committee is expected to meet later in the evening to give a final direction to the issue, the resignation drama continued in the state with two Congress legislators — Adala Prabhakar Reddy and M Sridhara Krishna Reddy — both from Andhra region, announcing their resignation from the State Assembly. With today’s resignation, 19 legislators - 16 from YSR Congress and three from Congress — have so far ‘resigned’ from their posts. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in-charge of party affairs in AP till Digvijay Singh took over recently, was also present at the meeting in New Delhi. Later, Kiran Kumar Reddy also met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and is believed to have apprised her of the political climate in the state. Kiran Reddy, Raja Narasimha and Satyanarayana had earlier in the month submitted their own roadmaps on the separate statehood issue separately to the Party High Command. While the chief minister and PCC chief are opposed to bifurcation of the state, the deputy chief minister who hails from Telangana region, strongly advocated creation of a separate state.

Earlier in the day, Congress leaders from Seemandhra met Kiran Reddy in New Delhi and urged him to convey to the leadership their strong opposition to the state’s division, party sources said. Congress leaders and ministers from the two regions, who have been camping in the Capital to lobby against division of the state following indications that the ruling party was in favour of bifurcation, held a meeting to chalk out their strategy. The meeting was attended by state and central ministers and Congress MPs from Seemandhra.

State Minister S Sailajanth, who heads the group opposed to bifurcation of the state, told mediapersons after the meeting that that they were confident the state would remain united.

Stating that talk about division of the state was mere speculation, he said: “We have decided to exhaust all options to ensure that the state remains united.”

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