Congress is likely to set up one more consultative committee on Telangana

New Delhi, July 19 (NSS): It has now become evident that the Telangana solution is not round the corner and the Congress High Command is going to take its own time by continuing the dialogue process.

It is learnt that the Congress leadership has come to the conclusion that no hasty decision on the issue could be taken now as the Seemandhra leaders had also mounted pressure for keeping the state united. The Seemandhra leaders who wanted the state to be united, argued before the central leaders that should the state be divided it should be divided into five smaller states and not two as being demanded by the Telangana leaders.

The Congress High Command is believed to have decided to set up a eleven member committee with representatives from all the three regions, to start the discussions afresh. The committee would have three members each from the three regions and the Chief Minister and the PCC Chief.

Though this proposal has not yet crystallized, it may be put across to the PCC President Mr. Botsa Satyanarayana who is here, during his meetings with the party senior leaders. Mr. Botsa who came here on Monday night will meet the state party in charge Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad, Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherji, Defense Minister Mr. A K Antony among others. He told the media that he would also try to meet the party chief Ms. Sonia Gandhi.

Seemandhra leaders want Darjilijng type solution for Telangana

Seemandhra leaders who met the AICC leader in charge of AP affairs Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad have suggested that a Darjilijg type of solution be found for the Telangana issue.

Several MPs, MLAs and MLCs have met Mr.  Azad and have requested him to implement the sixth recommendation of the Sri Krishna Committee, without bifurcating the state. They have complained to Mr. Azad that the Telangana leaders were unnecessarily inciting the students and the youth. Minister Mr. Sailajanath has urged the central leader to also consider the backwardness of the Rayalaseema region.

Speaking to the media later, MP Mr. Kavuri Sambasiva Rao has said that they would keep coming to the capital till the issue was resolved. He made it clear that they would not accept bifurcation of the state under any circumstances.

In all, 12 MPs, 15 ministers, 27 MLAs and 10 MLCs – apart from several senior leaders – met Mr. Azad. Included in the delegation were D. Manikya Vara Pasad, Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, T G Venkatesh, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Thota Narasimham, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Yerasu Pratapa Reddy, K V P Ramachandra Rao, J D Seelam, Gade Venkata Reddy, M Srinivasulu Reddy, J C Diwakar Reddy, Mandali Buddha Prasad and M Sudhakar Babu. They gave a ten-page memorandum in which they stated that during all earlier agitations, the centre had decided not to divide the state because it would have dangerous consequences. They said the state should not be divided on the basis of sentiments and added that if it was to be divided on the basis of sentiments it should be divided into five parts – namely Rayalaseeema, Coastal Andhra, North Coastal Andhra,Hyderabadand Telangana.

I heard their arguments, gave no assurance: Azad

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mr. Azad said he heard their arguments but gave no assurance to them. He said the party leadership would decide how to proceed further, after listening to the arguments of all the three regions. He also said that he told the delegation that it would be difficult for him to discuss if 60 people come at once for discussions. He has asked them to come in groups of five to ten persons, he added.

Mr. Azad has said he has already invited representatives of the Telangana region. Stating that the Telangana issue was complex, he said it was not easy to solve it. He has reasserted that the problem could be resolved only through discussions. (NSS)

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