Telangana Cong lawmakers head to Delhi for talks
A day after rejecting the party high command's invitation for talks, Congress lawmakers from the Telangana region softened their stand on Tuesday and agreed to come to Delhi for talks. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jul 20, 2011 00:05 IST
A day after rejecting the party high command's invitation for talks, Congress lawmakers from the Telangana region softened their stand on Tuesday and agreed to come to Delhi for talks.
The decision came as Congress leaders supporting a united Andhra met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram to insist that the state should not be bifurcated.
Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao said the steering committee (of Telangana Congress leaders) had "decided to send a delegation on July 21 to participate in the talks.
Party in-charge of Andhra affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad telephoned Rao on Tuesday and once again invited him for talks. He reportedly clarified that no decision on the issue will be taken without consulting them.
Rao, however, made it clear that it was ridiculous to advocate a Gorkhaland-type solution for the Telangana region.
"I was Congress in-charge for West Bengal and I know what Gorkhaland is. It's equivalent (population-wise) to Khairatabad (an assembly constituency in Hyderabad). How can anyone equate the two," Rao, who led the MLAs and MPs to resign their seats on July 4, said.
In Delhi, Congress legislators from non-Telangana regions advocated setting up a Telangana Regional Council on the lines of Gorkhaland.
As part of their campaign to counter the pro-Telangana protagonists within the party, the ministers, MPs, MLAs and senior leaders from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions met the political leadership in the government, beginning with the PM.
Meanwhile, TDP MPs from Seema-Andhra region met in the Capital on Tuesday to reiterate their support for a united state. The MPs blamed the Congress for the impasse in the state "that is affecting development."