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What happened at the Telangana meet?

By A Correspondent
January 05, 2010 18:35 IST
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The Centre's efforts to initiate process of laying a roadmap for creation of Telangana failed with six political parties disagreeing to the Home Minister P Chidambaram's perspective.

In the five-hour marathon meting, all parties agreed on one point to bring normalcy in Andhra Pradesh. This appeal was also read out at the meeting by the home minister, which was broadly accepted by the eight parties.

P Chidambaram has in the late evening is believed to have submitted a report of the meeting.

An inside look at the meeting:

K. Chandrasekhar Rao and BJP's Bandaru Dattareya demanded that the Centre take immediate steps for formation of the new state while Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi made it clear that his party was for a united Andhra Pradesh.

The actor-turned-politician said he favoured constituting a committee for the involvement of all groups to go into the issue. The BJP opposed any further consultation.

Rao, who is at the centre of the pro-Telangana campaign, said he was waiting for Centre's response.

Chidambaram said the parties were keen on concluding the issue soon. Taking strong objection to Chidambaram, BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya said it is the Congress which started the confusion, and not political parties.

Chidambaram said he told the leaders that he would take these views to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues. He added, "I will come up with a decision or a statement of the government."

Dattatreya insisted that the Centre should come out with a separate Telangana bill in the Budget session of Parliament.

Chandrasekhar Rao's son KT Rama Rao said his party was satisfied with the way the meeting was conducted. "The meeting was conducted in an orderly fashion.

"Everyone was given an opportunity to convey his views. We are satisfied."

Majlis MP, Asaduddin Owaissi, suggested a high-powered committee of senior bureaucrats or national leaders to go into the future of Andhra Pradesh and give its finding within a definite time frame so that a lasting solution could be found out to the satisfaction of all the three regions in the state.

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A Correspondent in New Delhi