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Telangana is a work in process and progress, says Shinde

Posted on Jan 31, 11:47AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said discussion on the creation of a separate state of Telangana was still on.

''I have said (on Telangana) that it is a work in process and progress,'' he told media here.

He had earlier said the contentious Telangana statehood demand would be delayed further, as the Government required more time before it takes a final call on the vexed issue.

Mr Shinde had set a one-month deadline for a decision in December when he had invited two representatives from each party to know their views afresh on the Telangana issue in New Delhi.

The meeting was held to bring out the views of all parties on the demand.

The BJP yesterday slammed the UPA Government for deferring a decision on whether Andhra Pradesh should be split to create a separate state, saying the ruling Congress Party at the Centre has consistently betrayed the people demanding a separate state of Telangana.

''We condemn this consistent betrayal by Congress Party of the feelings and aspirations of people in Telangana. Telangana is a demand for justice, they (government) promised in December 9 that process of formation of separate state of Telangana has begun, Chidambaram (the then Home Minister) said that it has began and it was halted the same day,'' said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

''So that is the Congress Party politics, they say one thing and do exactly the opposite,'' he added.

The Congress has so far played safe on the Telangana statehood demand, saying it is a very sensitive matter and a decision in this regard would be taken at an appropriate time.

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress party ruled government accepted the demand in principle.

Asked when ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia could be extradited to India, Mr Shinde, who returned from Bangladesh yesterday evening, said the insurgent leader was in a jail in Dhaka but 'we have discussed his case too'. India has been pressing for Chetia's deportation since long. The ULFA leader has been in a Dhaka jail following his arrest in 1997 on the charge of entering Bangladesh without valid documents.