CONCEDING T-STATE ONLY SOLUTION, JAIPAL TELLS PM

New Delhi, July., 8(NSS): The senior Congress leader and Union Minister for Petroleum, Mr S. Jaipal Reddy, on Friday met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and understood to have pressed for creation of separate Telangana State.

According to the information, Mr Reddy met Dr Singh in the morning and apprised him of the situation in Hyderabad and nine other districts in the Telangana region in the wake of the statehood demand coming back to the centre stage again.

Sources said that Mr Jaipal Reddy, who represents Chevella Lok Sabha seat in Telangana, is believed to have conveyed to the Prime Minister the sentiments of the people of the region and carving out of a separate State appeared to be the only solution.

After the 40-minute meeting, Mr Reddy said he gave complete details of the present situation in the region. The meeting assumes significance as the lawmakers from the region, who have resigned from their legislative posts to press the Centre for the statehood demand have been keeping regular contact with him.

The Telangana statehood demand gained momentum this week after over 100 MLAs and 15 MPs, cutting across party lines, submitted their resignations to respective presiding officers. They have also ruled out taking back their resignations unless the Centre takes a decision on the issue.

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