Cong buys temporary peace with party MPs from Telangana

Congress appears to have bought temporary peace with partymen from Andhra Pradesh who have been demanding in the Lok Sabha formation of a separate Telangana state since the commencement of the budget session of Parliament.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday appears to have
bought temporary peace with partymen from Andhra Pradesh who
have been demanding in the Lok Sabha formation of a separate
Telangana state since the commencement of the budget session
of Parliament.
Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmad told reporters that
party MPs had a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, who is also the leader of the Lok Sabha, during
which the government assured them to take up the matter after
presentation of the union budget on February 28.

"After the presentation the budget on February 28, senior
leaders will talk to the MPs and the matter will be
discussed," he said adding Political Secretary to Congress
Secretary Ahmed Patel was also present during the talks.

Congress MPs from Telangana had threatened to commit
suicide in Parliament premises if their demand for separate
state is not met and insisted that they will not allow the Lok
Sabha to function till the Prime Minister makes a statement on
the issue.
Taken aback by the MPs` agitation, Law Minister M
Veerappa Moily said they should create an atmosphere of
"trust" and not "confrontation" to ensure that a solution is
found.

PTI