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Centre's game-plan for Telangana all-party meet

By By a correspondent
January 01, 2010 16:05 IST

Two crucial issues will be discussed at the all party meet convened by the Centre to discuss the Telangana crisis on January 5 -- the future status of Hyderabad and introducing a resolution on the creation of a separate state in the Andhra Pradesh assembly.

The Centre has already prepared its replies to queries related to these two points, in case they are raised by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti or the Bharatiya Janata Party, during the meeting.

According to sources in the Home Ministry, the Centre proposes to make Hyderabad into a Union Territory, which will serve as the capital of both states, and a time-frame maybe set for that by Home Minister P Chidamabarm.

The home minister will also take a final call on whether the 'internal note' being prepared
by his ministry will be circulated in the meeting as the Centre's viewpoint or used only as background material by him while talking to leaders from Andhra Pradesh.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai is personally going through the background material, while a joint secretary has been designated to coordinate with the eight political parties that have agreed to attend the meeting.

The ministry will hold the meeting at the conference hall of the North Block or at the conference room in Vigyan Bhavan.

The Congress unit of the state will be represented in the meeting by Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Andhra Pradesh Congress chief D Srinivas. It is still not clear whether senior party Member of Parliament K S Rao, who has emerged as a spokesman for the non-Telengana faction, will be included in the meeting.

By a correspondent In Delhi