Decision on Telangana in one month Shinde
New Delhi: The
government will take a decision on the issue of carving out a separate
Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh in a month, union Home Minister
Sushilkumar Shinde said today.
"A decision will be taken within a
month... we have heard the members of various parties... we have noted
their views and will brief the government about it," Shinde told reporters
after an all-party meet on the issue.
Noting that the people of
Andhra Pradesh were suffering, the home minister appealed to the youth for
calm and said the government was taking a decision.
of eight political parties attended the meeting, which was also attended
by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran kumar Reddy.
be satisfied and some will not be," he remarked when asked if the decision
would satisfy people of all three regions of the state.
said this was the last all-party meeting and he was satisfied with it.
"The meeting was cordial and every one expressed their views. We have
noted (them) down and some of the representatives expressed that the
decision should be given as early as possible," he added.
declined to reveal the views expressed by the parties, saying it was an
Two representatives each of Congress party,
Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Telangana Rashtra
Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India
(CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen (MIM) attended the meeting, which lasted one-and-half hour.
among those who attended the meet were TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao,
TDP's senior leader Y. Ramakrishnudu and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.
large number of Telangana supporters who had gathered outside North Block
raised slogans of 'Jai Telangana' when Shinde and the chief minister
arrived for the meeting.
Police also arrested a group of
Telangana protagonists, including students, for staging a protest,
demanding an early decision on the issue.
This was the third
all-party meeting. The earlier two, convened in 2010 and 2011 by then
union home minister P. Chidambaram, had failed to evolve a consensus.
had announced on Dec 9, 2009 that the process for formation of Telangana
state will be initiated.
However, following mass resignations of
MPs and state legislators in Andhra and Rayalseema regions, the centre
said the process would be initiated after a consensus over the issue.
demand for separate statehood to Telangana, which comprises 10 districts
including Hyderabad, is over four decades old.
The movement was
revived by Chandrasekhara Rao by floating TRS in 2000. He went on an
indefinite fast in 2009, which finally forced the central government to
make a statement.
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