Sonia serious about ending Telangana row

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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Government is inclined to give autonomous status to Telangana, but the Congress leaders from the region have said that it would not meet the aspirations of the people

NEW DELHI : Congress President Sonia Gandhi continued parleys with the union ministers and senior party leaders for the second day in a row on Thursday to resolve the Telangana tangle, amid pressure from the party in Andhra Pradesh that keeping the vexed issue in limbo any longer will damage the party’s prospects.

Nobody is, however, ready to say if any solution is in sight, except to say that “no decision yet.”

Those involved in the second day of parleys were Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Defence Minister A K Antony, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, General Secretary Digvijay Singh, political secretary Ahmed Patel and some other party leaders. Not involved, however, in the consultations is Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

Party general secretary and union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in charge of the Andhra affairs was conspicuous by absence on the second day after attending the first day meeting and telling reporters not to expect the decision soon and not to read much into Shinde’s remarks on December 28 that the decision will be taken within a month.

The government is inclined to give autonomous status to Telangana, but the Congress leaders from the region have said that it would not meet the aspirations of the people as they will not be satisfied with anything short of the statehood to Telengana.

Sources said, Sonia is assessing advantage to the Congress if the separate state is carved out. Most of the central leaders, including Azad, Ravi and Digvijay Singh, who have taken rounds of Andhra Pradesh at the instance of her feel it will be lose-lose for the Congress as it won’t get any benefit of belated statehood to Telangana as the advantage will go to the Telangana Rashtra Party (TRP) and the party will be in disadvantage in the rest of Andhra Pradesh, inviting wrath of the people opposed to bifurcation of the state.

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