Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, on Tuesday met his party’s MLAs, MPs and ministers who had resigned in support of a separate state of Telangana.
“They (Telangana activists) told me they were under pressure to resign. They are ready for a dialogue,” said Azad, who is also union health minister.
Azad met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and briefed them about the evolving situation in Andhra Pradesh.
When asked whether their resignations would be accepted, he said since the assembly and Parliament were independent bodies, “we have no say on this”.
Azad said the Telangana issue was sensitive and complex and it required wider consultations. He said there must be talks with people of different regions of Andhra Pradesh and the political parties before an all-party meeting was held.
Though life was largely immobile in various sectors of activity in Hyderabad, the IT industry was spared the turmoil.
“The shutdown had no impact on their functioning,” a police officer said.
Most of the I-T companies in Hyderabad are located in Hitech City, which does not fall in the core area of the metropolis and was thus not affected.
“Last year (there was) a meeting of all political parties to discuss the (Telangana) problem and the resultant loss in revenue and jobs. The parties promised us they would not disrupt our working,” said SV Reddy, a techie working at the Hyderabad centre of a US company.
An employee of a French multinational said: “It was more or less a normal day for us.”