Naidu writes letter to PM seeking all-party meet on Telangana



Hyderabad: Seeking to put pressure on Congress on Telangana statehood issue, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday night wrote to the Prime Minister requesting the Centre to immediately convene an all-party meeting on the subject.

"In the best interest of the people of Andhra Pradesh, our party urges you to kindly resolve this issue on priority by calling an all-party meeting to settle the issue across the table," Naidu told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an one-page letter.

Seeking to clear the air over his party's stand on the statehood demand, the TDP chief reminded the Prime Minister that his party has conveyed its opinion on Telangana to the Pranab Mukherjee Committee through a letter on October 18, 2008.

He accused Congress of "abdicating its responsibility" to resolve the Telangana issue only for its political gains.

"Congress party, of late, is reportedly having secret parleys with select parties exposing its game plan to malign TDP by joining hands with parties like TRS and YSR Congress keeping the elections of 2014 in mind," he alleged.

Congress had forged an alliance with TRS in 2004 elections but did not take any action on its electoral promise (of creating a separate state) despite riding to power, he recalled.

Again, keeping an eye on the 2009 elections, the UPA government had appointed a committee headed by Pranab Mukherjee (to look into the statehood demand), Naidu said.

"Consequent to the announcements of the Union Home Minister in December 2009 and the developments in the state, Government of India appointed Justice Srikrishna Committee and that committee submitted its report in December 2010.

"Without taking any decision on this report, the Union Home Minister was stating that opinion of all political parties was being elicited. But he himself stated in Parliament recently that Congress party has not yet given its opinion", Naidu said adding "thus, Congress, admittedly, abdicated its responsibility to resolve the issue for its political gains".

"The approach adopted by the Government of India has caused enormous damage to our state" and the "most progressive state of Andhra Pradesh has been deteriorating in all aspects over the past few years due to the indecisiveness of the Centre", the former Chief Miniser alleged.

Chandrababu wrote the letter to the PM after several rounds of deliberations with TDP leaders from Telangana and Andhra-Rayalaseema regions over the last few days.

Meanwhile, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao alleged Naidu's letter was only an attempt to deceive the people of Telangana.

"He (Naidu) did not specify where the resolution (in support of Telangana state) should be moved, whether in the assembly or Parliament," Rao said in a release in Hyderabad.

PTI