Centre promises to meet AP parties on Telangana on Jan 5

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 1 2010, 04:07am hrs
In a bid to find a way out of the Telangana imbroglio, the Centre on Wednesday has called for a meeting here of the eight recognised political parties in Andhra Pradesh for a discussion on the issue on January 5.

Home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday sent an invitation to leaders of the eight parties following his December 23 statement in which he had promised to hold wide ranging consultations with all political parties and groups in the state on the issue of a separate Telangana state.

The Congress, TDP, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, CPI, CPI(M), Praja Rajyam, BJP and MIM are the recognised parties in Andhra Pradesh.

The Centres decision comes after detailed discussions in the government and Congress high command in the last few days after political parties were divided on regional lines in Andhra Pradesh and demanded immediate steps on formation of the separate state.

On Tuesday, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao had said he was prepared for talks but would not accept setting up of any committee on the issue which, he said, would be a waste of time. Political parties and leaders from Telangana cited Chidambarams December 9 statement, in which he had promised that the process of forming Telangana state would be initiated soon. The MPs and MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema withdrew their resignations following the home ministers statement.

The MPs and MLAs of various political parties and the 13 Congress ministers from Telangana region in the Andhra Pradesh government have still not withdrawn their resignation.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the home ministry also expressed satisfaction that the bandh in Telangana region had passed peacefully.