Telangana crisis: Andhra CM in Delhi for talks

Last Updated: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 18:08

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday said the Centre would soon resolve the
Telangana statehood issue in an "amicable" manner that would
"satisfy the aspirations of the people" of the state as the
strike in support of the demand entered the 27th day.

Grappling with the pro-Telangana agitation, Reddy rushed
to the capital along with his deputy Damodar Rajanarasimha and
held consultations with senior Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, A K
Antony, P Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Reddy briefed the leaders about the situation in the
state in the wake of the agitation and gave his opinion on the
separate statehood demand.

"I have given my opinion. I said the aspirations of the
people of Andhra Pradesh should be satisfied. Soon there would
be an amicable solution that would be beneficial to the people
of the state," he told reporters here.

He dismissed suggestions that the Congress-ruled state
was heading for President`s rule.

To a question, Reddy said the central leaders would take
a decision on the issue soon.

"The issue of Telangana is there for a long time. Now, it
is (highlighted) because of the persistent agitation. The
central are talking to leaders. I think they will try to solve
it as soon as possible," he said.

To a volley of questions, he said the decision would be
taken only by the Centre and that he is not in a "position to
give a decision".

Asked whether President`s rule would be imposed in the
state, he said "why should President`s rule be imposed? When
should President`s rule be imposed? What are the parameters?,"
he said.
Reddy briefed the leaders about the situation in the
state in the wake of the agitation and gave his opinion on the
separate statehood demand.

"I have given my opinion. I said the aspirations of the
people of Andhra Pradesh should be satisfied. Soon there would
be an amicable solution that would be beneficial to the people
of the state," he told reporters here.

He dismissed suggestions that the Congress-ruled state
was heading for President`s rule.

To a question, Reddy said the central leaders would take
a decision on the issue soon.

"The issue of Telangana is there for a long time. Now, it
is (highlighted) because of the persistent agitation. The
central are talking to leaders. I think they will try to solve
it as soon as possible," he said.

To a volley of questions, he said the decision would be
taken only by the Centre and that he is not in a "position to
give a decision".

Asked whether President`s rule would be imposed in the
state, he said "why should President`s rule be imposed? When
should President`s rule be imposed? What are the parameters?,"
he said.
Earlier, the leaders also met Union Ministers from the
state -- S Jaipal Reddy, who hails from Telangana region,
Panabaka Lakshmi, D Purandeswari and M M Pallam Raju.

After the meeting, Jaipal Reddy told reporters that he
has interacted with his colleagues and gave them his
assessment of the situation in Andhra Pradesh.

"I gave a frank assessment. I can`t share the details
with the media," he said.

Azad told reporters that whatever was happening in the
past three days were part of the wider consultation process.

"Today, the group (of ministers) met the Chief Minister
and Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Narasimha Raju. We also
interacted with four union ministers representing Andhra
Pradesh in the union council of ministers. This is part of
the wider consultation process," he said.

Asked about reports that the state was heading for
President`s rule, Azad shot back, "why should it head"?

PTI

First Published: Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 08:48
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