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Telangana resolution must come from AP assembly: Pranab

December 14, 2009 13:43 IST
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the Telangana issue cannot be discussed in Lok Sabha unless the Andhra Pradesh assembly passes a resolution for a separate state.

This was conveyed by the finance minister to a delegation of 17 Mmebers of Parliament from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalseema.

"He (Mukherjee) assured us that the resolution has to come from the state assembly. Till then, there cannot be a discussion of the issue in the Lok Sabha," senior Andhra Pradesh Congress leader and MP, K S Rao, told mediapersons after the meeting.

Rao said that they are expecting a 'clarification' from the Centre on the statement of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on the creation of a separate state last week.

"We will again be meeting the finance minister in the evening. We want a clarification as early as possible to prevent division among people of different regions in the state," Rao said.

The Congress leader said that they explained the situation prevailing in different parts of the state. "We explained to him that the situation is very grave. Any delay is taking a decision would cause a mental divide in different areas. The earlier the decision comes, the better it is," Rao said.

Party sources maintained that Mukherjee would be meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue.

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