Prime Minister buys more time

Prime Minister buys more time


The MPs wanted a statement in the form of a clarification from the Union government on its proposal on forming the separate Telangana state but the prime minister was of the view that he had to discuss the issue with his colleagues before making any statement.

The prime minister told the nine MPs of Andhra Pradesh that during the discussion with his colleagues he would try to find out a solution that would be acceptable to all. The MPs, led by K S Rao, explained to him the situation in the two regions and said the law and order situation was of concern to the party and the government in the state.

The MPs complained against state Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy who reportedly advised a fasting Y S Vivekananda Reddy, brother of the late AP chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, against visiting Hyderabad because of the volatile situation in the city. Vivekananda Reddy is fasting against the creation of Telangana and wanted to be hospitalised in Hyderabad.

Rao claimed after the meeting with prime minister that the latter had promised a decision by Tuesday to “bring things in order” in AP. “He (Singh) said  he understands that it is a grave situation. He said he is sitting with his colleagues and by tomorrow a decision could be taken to bring things in order”, Congress MP K S Rao said.
“We met the prime minister and explained to him that the situation is going out of control day by day. A stage may come when even if the government wants to control the situation, it may not be possible,” he said.

Rao said: “We told the PM that we do not want any division of the state. He understood our position. In a surcharged atmosphere, this is not a situation to think about Telangana.”

Sonia too hold talks with leaders
New Delhi, PTI: In the wake of political storm over Telangana, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight held a meeting with senior party colleagues and discussed the ticklish issue. Besides Gandhi and Singh, the Core Group meeting at the Prime Ministers’ residence was attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram.

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