New Delhi: An intense process of
consultations has begun over the Telangana issue with the
Congress determined to find an early solution to the vexed
problem that has again created a volatile situation.
A senior party leader, who declined to be identified, did
not rule out the possibility of a meeting of the Congress
Working Committee as also an all-party meeting over Telangana
statehood issue as part of the process to help find a way out
before the winter session of Parliament.
"All options are open" on the issue, another party leader
said at a time when Congress leaders from Telangana region as
also TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao have again met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to press for a separate state.
Andhra Pradesh is the only major state where the Congress
is in power on its own and the ruling party is feeling the
heat on the Telangana issue coupled with the parting of ways
of YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
The Telangana leaders want the Government to announce a
roadmap for fulfilling a commitment from the Centre offered on
December 9, 2009, which was later withdrawn.
Central leaders are saying in private that the Congress
had not promised a separate Telangana either in 2004 or in the
2009 election manifesto.
The Prime Minister has already said that he would put
the issue before the Congress core group and party chief Sonia
Gandhi. The core group discussed the issue on Friday last when
general secretary in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad submitted his
The Congress leadership has started grappling with the
issue again as it has brought Telangana to a halt for last 20
Congress is among the prominent parties which have not
given their view on the Telangana issue so far to the
government. While all major parties in Andhra Pradesh have
been divided on regional lines on the Telangana issue, the
Telangana Rashtriya Samiti is a sub-regional party with the
single point programme of a separate Telangana.