Congress seeks opinion of all parties on Telangana
Hyderabad: With Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao continuing his fast unto death to demand a separate Telangana state, the ruling Congress party Monday intensified efforts to find a solution.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Monday night sought the opinion of all the parties of the state at an all party meeting, convened on the direction of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Rosaiah later conveyed the opinion of all the parties to the Congress' central leadership, which is likely to take a decision Tuesday.
The Congress party said it would abide by the decision of its central leadership and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) said it would take a stand in couple of days but all other parties backed the demand for giving separate statehood to Telangana region, comprising 10 districts including Hyderabad.
The TRS, the man opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the two communist parties, the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) and Lok Satta said if the government moves a resolution in the Assembly, they would support it.
The opposition parties criticised Congress for not taking a clear stand but Information and Public Relations Minister J Geeta Reddy told reporters that since Congress was a national party, it would abide by the decision of its central leadership.
Earlier, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) discussed the Telangana issue but left the decision to the central leadership. The CLP meeting saw Congress legislators from different regions expressing divergent views on the issue.
The CLP and the all party meeting were held at the end of the ninth day of the fast unto death by Chandrasekhara Rao. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, has already made it clear that he would end the fast only on a categorical assurance on carving out the separate state.
KCR's fast is getting support from students, teachers, government employees, lawyers and other sections of the society. A 48-hour shutdown called by TRS paralysed normal life in the region.