Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress on Friday favoured giving a temporary break to the ongoing agitations in the state over the Telangana issue in view of the ill health of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
"Yes, I agree with that. Sonia Gandhiji will have to take the decision. So, that will take time. Secondly, I have earlier said the issue can only be resolved through talks. Accordingly, Congress is holding talks with its leaders from various regions," state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana told reporters here.
He was asked about the suggestion made by former Chief
Minister K Rosaiah that a temporary break should be given to
the agitations in the state over the Telangana issue as Sonia
Gandhi is unwell.
"The final decision has to be taken by them (Central
government). UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi needs to give her
advice. Since she is unwell, the agitators should give a
temporary break to their campaign. They can voice their
demands after her return," Rosaiah said earlier in the day.
Satyanarayana said he and all other Congressmen in the
state prayed for the speedy recovery of Gandhi.
Talking about the strike notice issued by Andhra Pradesh
government employees in Telangana in support of the separate
statehood demand, among others, the state Congress president
said the government is ready to discuss with them any issue
within its jurisdiction.
He said the Congress government in the state is committed
to get Clause 14 (F) of Presidential Order of 1975, that makes
Hyderabad a free zone for employment, deleted.
He said he has told the Central leaders during his recent
trip to Delhi about the Andhra Pradesh assembly resolution
passed earlier. The resolution urged the Centre to get the
Replying to a query, Satyanarayana indicated that the
joining of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi in Congress may
get delayed due to the ill health of Gandhi.
Chiranjeevi was supposed to formally take the membership
of Congress in the presence of Gandhi in Delhi next week.
Chiranjeevi`s Praja Rajyam merged with the Congress earlier.
To another query, he said the Congress has decided to
groom either one leader or a group of leaders in the
constituencies, where the Congress MLAs were siding with the
Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Simultaneously, disciplinary action would also be taken
against such MLAs, he said.
Satyanarayana would tour East Godavari district on
August 21 and 22 as part of his district tours.