Telangana row: Ghulam Nabi Azad meets Sonia Gandhi

Grappling with the Telangana issue, Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday met party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Updated: Oct 05, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Grappling with the Telangana
issue, Congress General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday met
party chief Sonia Gandhi amid reports that an all-party
meeting would be convened to find a way out to the statehood
demand.

Azad, in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, met Gandhi at her
residence during which he is understood to have briefed her
about the situation in Telangana region, where life has been
crippled for the past 24 days due to a general strike.
An intense process of consultations has begun within the
Congress over the Telangana issue with the party determined to
find an early solution to the vexed problem that has again
created a volatile situation.

The possibility of a meeting of the Congress Working
Committee is also not ruled out as part of the process to help
find a way out before the winter session of Parliament.

Azad`s meeting comes two days after party leaders from
the region and TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh separately demanding an "early
resolution" to the issue.

Rao had rejected Singh`s appeal to call off the strike,
saying it would not be done until the Centre announces the
formation of a separate state with a time frame.
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 Y S 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December 9, 2009, which was later withdrawn.

The prime minister has already said that he would put
the issue before the Congress core group and Gandhi.

PTI