Telangana: UPA Coordination panel meet on July 31

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Telangana-ExpressNew Delhi/Hyderabad, 28 Jul (PTI): The UPA Coordination Committee will meet on July 31 to finalise its stand on the vexed Telangana issue amid indications from Congress that carving out a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh is a foregone conclusion and that complexities involved in the process will be adequately addressed.

Depending on the outcome of the UPA Coordination Committee meet in Delhi, a meeting of the Congress Working Committee may be convened.

Senior Congress leaders from Andhra Pradesh said that creation of a separate state appears to be a fait accompli but the party will have to address complications attached with it.

In Hyderabad, TRS leader Jagadish Reddy said his party was opposed to proposals like Rayala Telangana under which two of the four districts of the Rayalaseema region will be part of Telangana. The TRS wants Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital.

MIM leader Asasuddin Owaisi asserted that his party was opposed to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and he would meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to convey their strong concerns over the proposed split.

Asked about the division of the Rayalaseema region, he told PTI,”Where is the question of this when we are totally opposing any division”.

Protests continued in the Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra districts in support of a united state.

With the top Congress leadership appearing to have veered towards creation of Telangana, Congress MPs from rest of Andhra Pradesh have opposed any division of the state while a party MP from Telangana region had said that the government should go ahead with the decision.

The six anti-Telangana MPs, including Union Ministers M M Pallam Raju, K S Rao, Chiranjeevi and D Purandeshwari (all hailing from coastal Andhra) and K Bapiraju and Anantarami Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a delegation to push for keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

The MPs told Prime Minister that there would be repercussions not only for the state but also for the entire country if the state is is divided.

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