Crucial Cong meeting on Telangana tomorrow

Photo - PTI
Photo – PTI

New Delhi, 11 July (PTI): A crucial meeting of the Congress Core Group tomorrow will discuss the Telangana issue with “both options open” as a decision “cannot be postponed anymore”, senior party leader Digvijay Singh said today.

Singh, who is the general secretary in-charge for Andhra Pradesh, told PTI that the government of India has to consult UPA partners but will have to take Opposition parties also on board as the decision could require amendments to the Constitution.

The remarks of Singh are significant as they come against the backdrop of speculation that the party may be veering round to the creation of a separate state.

However, Singh himself preferred to be non-committal on the issue.

“I cannot say anything on this. This has to be decided by Government of India in consultation with UPA partners. As this will also need amendment to the Constitution, we may have to take Opposition parties also on board,” Singh said when asked whether a decision has been taken in favour of creation of a separate Telangana.

Asked about reports that he had promised some ‘sweet news’ for Telangana people, the senior Congress leader said he had promised only a decision assuring there would be “no ambiguity”.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior cabinet ministers and leaders form part of the Core Group.

The AICC general secretary, who had submitted a report in this regard to Gandhi, refrained from commenting on the contents and the plus and minus points of creation of Telangana and maintaining a united Andhra Pradesh.


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