AP guv holds talks on Telangana

As efforts to form a separate Telangana state moves forward, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan on Wednesday held consultations with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde and P Chidambaram.

Though he refused to comment on the deliberations, the Governor is understood to have discussed the ground situation and other issues related to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The Seemandhra region in the state had witnessed violent protests after the Union Cabinet announced its decision to carve out Telangana.

"It was just a courtesy call," Narasimhan told reporters after meeting the Home Minister here. Narasimhan may also meet Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister A K Antony to discuss the bifurcation issue.

The Governor's meetings came in the backdrop of the Group of Ministers (GoM) created to draft the Bill on bifurcation finishing two sittings. The next meeting of the GoM will be held on November 7 when senior ministers are expected to discuss the reports submitted by Union Ministries.

The GoM has fixed November 5 as the last day for receiving suggestions on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh from public, including political parties and public representatives.

The decision to extend the deadline for submitting suggestions was taken at the October 19 meeting of the GoM after it felt that there was a need to give more time to stakeholders.

 These could be sent to the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs or could be sent by post in the address Director (CS-II), Centre-State Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, 5th Floor, B-Wing, NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi.

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