Hyderabad: The parleys between the PCC president, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, and ministers from the Telangana region on Friday ended in utter failure.
During the meeting, when the PCC chief appealed to the Telangana ministers to withdraw their resignations and get back to work, the latter bluntly refused to do so without any positive assurance from the Centre on the burning issue. The ministers, Mr Basavaraju Saraiah, Ms D K Aruna, Mr Ramreddy Venkat Reddy, Mr Sudarshan Reddy, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Ms Sabita Indra Reddy participated in the talks. The unsuccessful talks ended after three-and-a-half hours on Friday morning.
The Telangana ministers reportedly asked the PCC president as how could they withdraw their resignations without any declaration on formation of separate State from the Centre. They plainly told the PCC chief that there was possibility of their withdrawing their papers unless the Centre gave a categorical assurance that process of carving out separate State would begin soon. The ministers also bemoaned that the Centre did not even give an assurance that it would hold consultations on bifurcation.
Making it clear that they would not have political future if they withdrew resignations without a positive response from the Centre, they told the PCC chief that they were not prepared to withdraw their resignations. They reportedly urged Mr Botcha to convey their feelings and advise the party high command to hold consultations at least on the Telangana issue.
After a patient hearing, Mr Satyanarayana reportedly told the ministers that an announcement on Telangana from the Centre was in the offing. He also reportedly told the ministers that a declaration would be made either by the party high command or the Union government in a week.