Cong MPs from Telangana step up pressure on Centre, party
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Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010, 22:49
New Delhi: With less than a week left for the deadline set by the Telangana Joint Action Committee, Congress leaders from the region today stepped up pressure on the party high command and the Centre for initiating the process of formation of a separate state.

State congress chief D Srinivas, who hails from Telangana, met party president Sonia Gandhi and apprised her of the situation in the region which has recently witnessed violence and several bandhs on the issue.

Party MPs from the region also came to the state capital ahead of the January 28 deadline set by the JAC for the formation of Telangana. AICC has so far remained non-committal on the issue of formation of a mechanism to deal with the contentious issue by that date.

A delegation of 10 Telangana MPs met Defence Minister A K Antony and demanded that the Centre expedites the process of formation of Telangana state.

"We met Antony and briefed him about the situation in the state, particularly the Telangana region. We told him that the Centre should expedite the process of formation of Telangana," Andhra Congress MPs Forum Convener Ponnam Prabhakar said.

He also hoped that there will be some good news from the Centre on the issue as Home Minister P Chidambaram had on January 5 said that the government will formulate a response based on the all-party meeting on the issue.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Congress Core Group was held this evening attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Srinivas met Gandhi at her residence here and explained to her the situation in the Telangana region.

"I briefed madam about the situation and the suicides in connection with the Telangana issue," he told reporters after the meeting. Srinivas said Gandhi asked the state party leaders to appeal to the people to be calm over the issue.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said Telangana is a "sensitive and complicated" issue.

"The Home Minister has made an initiative to bring people together to discuss the problem. Nobody should do anything that affects the process to bring peace," he told the daily briefing.

Meanwhile, Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi has sent a reply to the party high command on the showcause notice issued to him for "deliberately lowering party's prestige".


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010, 22:49

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