Cong MPs to take up Telangana issue with Sonia

The Congress MPs held a meeting here today in the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent comments that he would favour a consensus on the issue of statehood for Telangana.

"We will immediately take up this issue with our president Sonia Gandhi, our last hope. Many a times she has changed decisions taken by the UPA government...whether it is Food Security Bill, NREGA, Right to Information Act etc," Congress MP Madhu Yashki Goud told reporters after the meeting.

"It is the only state left in south India where Congress is in power on its own. We will tell her that it is our party's commitment and government's commitment to create a separate state. We understand their difficulties in creating a separate state. But those difficulties can be overcome by deciding in favour of separate state," he said, adding Telangana people were feeling betrayed by the PM's statement.

The Prime Minister had last week said that "Telangana is a complicated matter and we are trying to evolve a consensus where all shades of public opinion would agree that what is being done is in interest of each and everyone. We cannot solve the problem by agreeing to Telangana while there is disquiet and unrest in other regions of Andhra Pradesh..."

Noting that the MPs would not insist with the Lok Sabha Speaker to accept their resignations submitted earlier, Goud said they would attend the winter session of Parliament to raise the demand for separate Telangana.

Asked about reports that some Congress MPs may quit the party and join TRS, Goud said the party leaders in Telangana are concerned over formation of a separate state and their own political future.

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