Ready to meet Rao if he ends his protest, says Rosaiah

Last Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 20:29

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah on Thursday said he was ready to meet TRS chief K
Chandrasekhara Rao, who is on an indefinite fast demanding a
separate Telangana state, if he ends his protest, but ruled
out any compromise formula.

He also made it clear that a final decision on the
Telangana statehood demand will be taken by Congress President
Sonia Gandhi, who is seized of the matter and has appointed a
committee to go into the issue.

"If reports that he was ready to end his protest if I met
him are true, I am ready to meet K Chandrasekhara Rao. I want
him to be in good health. I would certainly meet him if he is
ready to end the fast," Rosaiah told reporters in reply to a
question about the TRS chief saying that he would end his fast
if Rosaiah meets him.

However, the Chief Minister ruled out any compromise
formula or a package with Rao. "There is no package or
formula. I will meet him if he wishes to... decision on the
issue will only be taken by the High Command."

He said a decision on the Telangana statehood issue
will take time as the cabinet sub-committee is trying to
arrive at a consensus on the matter.

Rosaiah was responding to a volley of questions about
the TRS chief continuing his fast-unto-death and violence in
the state by TRS workers.

The Chief Minister said the situation was under control
and steps are being taken to quell violence.

PTI




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