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Cong MPs from Telangana step up pressure on Centre, party

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

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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