After the first round of talks with Telangana Congress leaders in New Delhi, the AICC general secretary and AP party affairs in-charge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, said on Wednesday that he would submit a report to the Congress Core Committee after completing the consultations with Telangana and Seemaandhra party leaders within two months, probably after Parliament Monsoon Session.
Mr Azad also indicated there would be another round of talks with the Telangana Congress leaders. He added he would soon meet a selected delegation of Seema-Andhra leaders and take their views too on the bifurcation of the state. But it was not clear when the Congress central leadership would actually announce its decision on the Telangana statehood issue. During Wednesday’s meeting, Telangana Congress leaders raised serious objections over the comments of the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, who told a news agency on Tuesday that consensus was elusive on the Telangana issue and political parties had been advised to take steps to arrive at a consensus within their parties.
Angered with the comments, Telangana MPs and ministers asked Mr Azad how the Union Minister could issue contradictory statements when consultations were in the midway stage. The Nizamabad MP, Mr Madhu Yashki Goud, told Mr Azad: “It would be better if the party leadership made a statement that the Telangana demand would not be considered at all. Why all this tamasha of holding parleys with us? How can you allow such irresponsible statements from ministers at this crucial stage?”
The Karimnagar MP, Mr Ponnam Prabhakar, told Mr Azad that the party leadership should not drag the issue in the name of consultations any further and demanded for a definite time frame for a final announcement on the issue. The committee convenor and minister, Mr Basavaraju Saraiah, said there was nothing left for their delegation to brief the high command on the Telangana issue and all aspects regarding the need to create a separate state had been communicated by them. Mr Azad later told newsmen that in view of the seriousness and sensitiveness of the issue it would be better if leaders of both regions stopped issuing inflammatory statements and instead helped the party leadership to arrive at a consensus on the issue. Deccan Chronicle