Congress MPs from Telangana meet PM

Congress MPs from Telangana who have resigned from their posts today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who assured them the statehood demand issue was being looked into by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Updated: Aug 02, 2011, 23:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress MPs from Telangana who
have resigned from their posts today met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, who assured them the statehood demand issue
was being looked into by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Raising the Telangana issue, the MPs wanted the Centre
to announce the formation of a separate Telangana state
immediately.

"The prime minister told us that he understands the
difficulties and our feelings on the Telangana issue,"
Nizamabad MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi said.

The MPs also told Singh that the Centre should not
stress for a new resolution from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly
on deletion of a particular clause of a 1975 Presidential
Order which makes Hyderabad a free zone for employment in
police, whose repeal will ensure that residents of Telangana
get preference in employment there.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had yesterday said the
resolution in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly was passed in
January 2010 and therefore the Central government wanted to be
absolutely sure that there is a consensus on that demand that
the Clause F of paragraph 14 should be deleted.

"We told Singh that there is no need for a new
resolution. The old resolution can be taken into account," he
said.

Yaskhi said the Prime Minister told them that he has
asked Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to hold consultations
with party leaders on the issue and find a solution.

PTI