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We are not against formation of Telangana: Congress

Posted on Jan 31, 11:35AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : Amid protests over the delay in a decision on the formation of a separate Telangana state, the Congress today said it was not against the formation of the separate state but that further consultations were required with the stakeholders before arriving at a decision.

Talking to reporters AICC Spokesperson P C Chacko said, ''We are not against the formation of the Telangana state. However, the decision will be taken only after consultations with all the stakeholders.

We are in the process of taking a decision on the issue.'' He said multi-level discussions are taking place to reach

an amicable and acceptable solution on the issue.

''The basic requirements have to be completed, before reaching to an amicable solution,'' he maintained.

The Congress leaders have said a decision on the issue would be taken at an 'an appropriate time' at the earliest.

Describing it as a sensitive matter with which the emotions

of the people of Andhra Pradesh are attached, they said it was imperative to hold consultations with all concerned stakeholders.

Saying that the Government was committed to taking the 'right decision' on the issue, Mr Chacko said the commitment was that the right decision be taken after consultations.

Mr Shinde had on December 28 said the Centre would take a decision on Telangana within a month.

However, on Sunday the Congress said more time was needed to reach a decision.

At the same time, the sources said that a decision on the matter would be taken before the Budget session of Parliament scheduled next month.