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Centre may not act on Telangana without consensus: Buddha

Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 15:53

New Delhi: The Centre may not take any
action on the Telangana till a consensus was developed among
political parties on the issue, West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said on Sunday.

"Government is starting a process of dialogue and
consultation with all stakeholders ... to build a consensus.
Until then, they will not take any action," Bhattacharjee, who
met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, told reporters.

"I gathered from the Prime Minister that the government
is seriously trying to hold consultations with all parties in
the state as well as at the national level," he said.

Observing that separate Telangana demand had a direct
bearing on West Bengal, he said there were demands for
Gorkhaland, Kamtapur and Greater Coochbehar in the hilly areas
of the state.

"So I wanted to know from the Prime Minister what the
Centre was doing to check this unrest (in Andhra Pradesh)."

Reiterating his party CPI(M)`s opposition to further
creation of any state, he said "our party has always been
against any further division of states. At present, it is
neither possible, nor desirable."

He also questioned the need for setting up a second
States Reorganisation Commission. "For what? There are already
demands for creating 28 more states. More will come."

Maintaining that Andhra Pradesh assembly would have to
unanimously adopt a resolution for a separate state, he said
several political parties there have "got badly divided" on
the issue, making it difficult to get such resolution passed.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 15:53
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