New Delhi: The top brass of the Congress
party and the government on Tuesday discussed the Telangana
imbroglio amidst speculation that a mechanism may be set up
to discuss the separate state issue.
The Congress leadership, including Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated for
an hour on the issue at a meeting of the party`s Core Group
The meeting was held even as 13 Andhra Pradesh
ministers from Telangana region rejected the advice from the
party high command to withdraw their resignations demanding a
a statement from the government on a categorical timeframe for
the formation of a separate state.
The ministers, who have sent a common resignation
letter to Gandhi, rejected the criticism that they were
"blackmailing" the party or the government and said they were
just putting forward the demands of the people of the region
Highly placed sources in the party and the government
declined to say whether the issue of a mechanism figured in
the Core Group which they said focussed on Telangana.
A couple of days back, Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee had told the ministers from the Telangana region
that they would soon get some good news.
There has been talk of the government coming out with
some statement in the New Year announcing the setting up of a
committee to discuss the Telangana demand with the
protagonists of the separate state or constituting a second
State Reorganization Commission.
Meanwhile, in the face of a virtual boycott by the 13 ministers from Telangana region, a meeting of
Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, scheduled to be held in Hyderabad tomorrow,
has been postponed.