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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

TELENGANA TANGLE: Delhi signals Telangana go-slow with panel!

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Wednesday , July 20 , 2011 /

New Delhi, July 19: The Congress central leadership has sent a clear signal that it is not going to divide Andhra Pradesh anytime soon, a stand that holds deep significance for Bengal too.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders have made it clear that they would be forced to revive the demand for a Gorkhaland state if Telangana or any other new state is carved out.

The Congress is planning to set up a committee of representatives from all the three regions of Andhra Pradesh —Rayalaseema, coastal Andhra and Telangana — to find an amicable solution.

The committee, which will have at least five members from each region, will be asked to discuss every issue related to the Telangana statehood demand and evolve a consensus.

While the leaders from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are happy with the proposal, those from Telangana yesterday turned down Delhi’s summons for discussions. They, however, softened today after the Congress general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, spoke to senior MP K. Keshava Rao.

Rao today said in Hyderabad that the talks with the high command would continue and a small delegation could visit Delhi tomorrow.

Azad’s first task will be to persuade pro-statehood MPs and MLAs to withdraw their resignations and participate in the committee to find a consensus. He believes that passing a resolution in the Assembly on Telangana would be impossible without a consensus.

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