New Delhi: Nine Congress MPs from Telangana
region, who submitted their resignation letters on Tuesday met
Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to put forward their views on
The MPs met Azad, who is AICC in-charge of Andhra Pradesh,
and held a meeting for about an hour.
Except K Keshav Rao, all the Congress MPs from the
region attended the meeting. Rao was not in Delhi at the time
of the meeting.
Following the meeting with Azad, the nine MPs later met
Rao at his residence to finetune their strategy.
Earlier in the day, Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao urged
those holding agitation in Telangana region to attend a
meeting convened by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Reddy
to sort out the problem.
"I appeal to the agitators to meet the Chief Minister and
discuss the issue. They can take a decision on the next course
of action after that discussion," Rao, an MP from Telangana
region who has not resigned, told reporters here.
However, he sought to puncture the argument of those
opposing Telangana demand that violence will follow if the
state is bifurcated.
"Some people are saying that there will be anarchy and
violence in the state if the state is bifurcated. The struggle
for a separate Telangana state is non-violent. I want to ask
them why were they silent when the issue was raised in 2001.
"A Telangana Region Coordination Committee was formed in
the party. Why did not they oppose it then? We fought the
election with separate Telangana as a subject in our
manifesto. People elected us and we formed the government.
People have given their verdict but some leaders are opposing
it today," he said.