Telangana: Shinde assures early decision
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday convened a meeting on Telengana statehood issue with the leaders of eight different political parties of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy and two representatives from each of the political parties attended the meeting and expressed their views to examine the Union Home Minister.
"The meeting was convened in a cordial atmosphere. The participants expressed the opinion that a decision should be taken by the Central Government at the earliest. Some suggested a period of one month as a time frame for a decision," said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a statement.
After an all party meeting on the issue which reportedly ended inconclusively, Shinde said he has gathered all the views of parties in camera and assured that this is the last such all party meeting and a decision would be taken within a month.
"I heard in camera and I am sure there would a way forward. I urge youths to maintain peace. The government is taking a decision on this and it would be good," said Shinde.
"This will be the last meeting of all parties, I have said. I am fully satisfied and everybody went happily," he claimed.
The leaders who attended the meeting were G Krishna Reddy and K Haribabu from Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), K Narayana and G Mallesh from Communist Party of India (CPI), BV Raghavulu and J Ranga Reddy from Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M], Gade Venkat Reddy and KR Suresh Reddy from Indian National Congress (INC), K Chandrasekhara Rao and N Narsimha Reddy from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Y Ramakrishnudu and K Srihari from Telegu Desam Party (TDP), Asaduddin Owaisi and Gajula Vijaya Gyaneshwar Naidu from All India Majlis (AIM) and Mysoora Reddy and KK Mahendra Reddy from YSR Congress Party.
While this year the protests over Telangana were rather less in fury, 2011 saw widespread protests for a separate state that put pressure on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for bifurcation of the state, with pro-Telangana groups demanding a state carving out the Telangana region with Andhra Pradesh's current capital Hyderabad as its main city.
The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many locals, comprises of 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.
As the movement to divide the state gained momentum, politicians from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions want the state of 85 million people to remain unified, and especially oppose tearing out the IT-hub city Hyderabad that would affect the state's economy.
The BJP, the TRS and the CPI have announced their support for a separate Telangana state, but the CPI-M has been opposing the creation of small states. The Congress, the TDP and YSR Congress have not made their stand clear on the issue.