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Telangana issue difficult, not insurmountable: PM

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 00:12

On Board Air India One: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said there was no question of any government inaction on the Telangana issue and while a solution was not impossible there were no quick answers either.

"There is no inaction. Efforts are being made to find a solution that will bring about a broad based consensus among all the various stakeholders," the Prime Minister told journalists onboard his special aircraft.

"There are difficulties in arriving at quick decisions. There is a long history of the Telangana movement. It is not a new movement. It has been there since the mid-1950s," he said.
"Given the complications involved in settlement, it will take some time. That`s why we have been engaged in widespread dialogue and discussions with all the stakeholders," he added.

"It is our hope that out of that will emerge a solution which is a win-win situation for all concerned," he said, while returning from Pretoria after attending the 5th India-Brazil-South Africa Summit.
There have been widespread protests over demands for a separate Telangana state to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh, with opinion also split both ways.

To a different question, the prime minister said the establishment of a states` reorganization commission has been under discussion for several years but that his government had not taken a view on the matter.

IANS

First Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 00:12
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