The AICC general secretary, in-charge of AP Congress affairs, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, will formally initiate consultations on the state bifurcation issue starting with selected Telangana Congress leaders from Friday.
After a large contingent of Telangana Congress leaders comprising ministers, MPs and legislators met him in Delhi for two hours, the leaders agreed to form a small group of 10 leaders to initiate dialogue with Mr Azad on Friday.
Mr Azad said that the Congress Central leadership decided to address the issue with all concerned to find out a amicable solution and finalise its stand within the next two months.
He said the party will take up the dialogue in phases. “We cannot allow things to drift away further,” Mr Azad said.
He appealed to Telangana ministers to attend to their regular duties since the high command took an initiative for talks and come out with a solution. The ministers refused to oblige saying they cannot withdraw resignations or attend duties unless the issue is solved.
There was a heated debate over the agenda for talks. While Mr Azad insisted that discussions should take place on all issues pertaining to bifurcation, the Telangana leaders initially rejected it and told him that if the agenda is confined to formation of Telangana and issues and problems pertaining to other regions on account of bifurcation, then it would be relevant and not otherwise.
At this stage Mr Azad reasoned that if the agenda is for T-state, how can they expect leaders of other regions to participate. He told them that the agenda should be on statehood and not on formation of Telangana state. After a while, the T leaders finally agreed to attend the formal talks. Deccan Chronicle