Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy says Congress has not been able to take a decision on the Telanagana statehood demand as different sections of people, including minorities, are opposed to formation of a separate state.
He said the Congress has always been sympathetic to the statehood demand and his government has done "everything possible" to remove backwardness from the politically-crucial Telangana region.
"There are different sections of people in the state who are opposed to Telangana state like the minorities. They feel minorities would be vulnerable to communal forces if a small state like Telangana is formed," Reddy said in an e-mail interview.
Opinions of all sections of people have to be taken into consideration before arriving at a consensus on resolving the Telangana issue, he said. "All opinions need to be taken so that solving one problem does not lead to creation of several others problems in the state," the Chief Minister said.
Congress is isolated on the Telangana statehood demand as it has not made its stand clear, while the 'Grand Alliance' led by TDP and film star Chiranjeevi's PRP have supported the creation of a separate state.