Congress forms coordination panel to mollify Telangana factions

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2013 12:04 IST

Grappling to broker peace between the warring factions in the party on the contentious Telangana issue, the Congress formed a coordination committee with representatives from both camps of Andhra Pradesh.

Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh will head the six-member panel that consists of three leaders representing the Seemandhra region and one pro-Telangana leader. Party sources indicated that the panel is formed to assuage the Seemandhra leadership and take them into confidence in the bifurcation process which the party has termed as “irreversible”.

In the panel, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, party’s state unit president Botsa Satyanarayana and union minister Chiranjeevi are the three leaders from the Seemandhra region while the state’s deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narsimha is the sole representative of the other part.

AICC secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh Ramchadera Khuntia is the sixth member of the committee, according to an official release.

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While the Congress set up this new mechanism for further dialogues, the party refused to give any deadline for creation of the new state.

Congress spokesperson PC Chacko pointed out that the decision to create Telangana as “one of the most difficult” and reiterated that the government can invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to restore normalcy.

CM MEETS UNIONS

Hyderabad: A three hour meeting of CM Kiran Reddy with employees was not very successful as they did not commit to withdrawal from the strike.

Reddy is understood to have requested them to stop the strike as the public is suffering due to power cuts.

There is also a threat of cyclone hovering on the Andhra coast. Reddy, the employees added, assured them that the state would not be divided till he is the CM and that the resolution and the bill would come before the assembly ahead of its introduction in Parliament.

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