Cong MPs, MLAs from Telangana ask for roadmap on statehood



New Delhi: As the Budget session of Parliament begins next week, the issue of a separate Telangana has started hotting up with Congress MPs and MLAs from the region asking the high command for a roadmap on the ticklish issue.

Three Congress MPs from the region, including Ponnam Prabhakar, Suresh Shetkar and Rajaiah, accompanied by over two party legislators from the region today met senior party leaders Janardan Dwivedi and Motilal Vora at the AICC headquarters in this regard.

AICC Secretary P Sudhakar Reddy, who accompanied them, told reporters that the demand of the leaders from region was that the government should introduce a bill for the creation of Telangana in the forthcoming Budget session or announce any mechanism for formation of the new state.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, party leaders, meanwhile, said that MLAs from the region have also threatened to stall the Budget session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly beginning on February 17 if no specific announcement regarding formation of Telangana is made.

These leaders had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel yesterday and have also sought appointments with the AICC chief and senior party leaders Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony and P Chidambaram.

PTI