The Congress on Wednesday set up a four-member committee headed by defence minister AK Antony, to hear concerns arising out of the decision to carve out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh.
The move comes in the wake of continued protests in the Seemandhra region over the Congress party’s nod to the creation of Telangana on July 30.
The other members of the panel are Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, union petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily and party general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh.
The decision came at a time when the issue is creating problems for the government in the parliament since the commencement of the monsoon session on August 5. The opposition has accused the Congress of not being able to control its own members.
On Tuesday, union ministers from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema met Gandhi and expressed the “sense of deprivation” prevailing in Seemandhra regions.
During the meeting, the ministers, including MM Pallam Raju, KS Rao, K Chiranjeevi, JD Seelam, Panabaka Lakshmi, D Purandheswari and Kruparani Killi, raised the demand that Hyderabad should be retained as permanent common capital of two Telugu-speaking states on the line of Chandigarh.