Suresh Reddy Ex Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh says that ‘Congress Stand for Division of Andhra Pradesh’ in All party Meeting.
Mr Shinde said after the meeting that in finding a solution, the concerns of both the pro-Telangana side and of those who did not want Andhra Pradesh divided, would be considered. He appealed to the youth of Andhra Pradesh for calm, saying: “A decision will be taken within 1 month. We have heard the members of 8 parties. we have noted their views and will brief the government about it.” People of the Telangana region have for long been demanding that it be carved out of Andhra Pradesh into a separate state. Those in other regions oppose any move to split the state . This is last all party meeting on Telangana Issue he added.
TRS calls for Telangana bandh 0n December 29 , 2012 and a TJAC meeting will be held on KCR residency for furture plain.
Though there were many expectations from today’s meeting, several political parties had said they were sceptical. K Chandrasekhar Rao or KCR had dismissed the all-party meeting as a “chillar drama” (cheap drama) and the main Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has called it a “political drama”. The CPI said it was a “sham”. All these parties attended the meeting, as did the Congress, the BJP, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the YSR Congress. About 50 people who had gathered outside the North Block in Delhi raising slogans in support of a separate Telangana state were removed by policemen.
For parties like the TRS, CPI and BJP, which want a separate Telangana, this posed no problem. But for parties that have political stake in coastal Andhra Pradesh and no clear mandate on the issue, like the Congress and YSR Congress, it would have proved a tough task picking those representatives.All the regional parties want the ruling Congress to take a decision on the issue. The Congress has so far not done so; it has adamant partymen on both sides of the argument, both at the state and the Centre.
Parties like the CPIM and AIMIM are opposed to the division of the state. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu has already hinted that his party will reiterate its stand taken in 2008, when it said it was not against the demand for a Telangana state. The Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress has said it will spell out its stand on the issue only after the Congress makes its stand clear. The TRS had fronted the campaign for a new state in 2009, with its leader KCR going on a lengthy hunger strike that gave new momentum to the Telangana movement. The Centre then constituted a committee in 2010 under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna to find an amicable solution. The committee submitted its report a year later but placed before the Centre several options rather than recommendations on how to handle the three parts of the state: Coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.
Mr Shinde had said that report would not be the basis for “consultations” at the all-party meet today. Mr Shinde’s announcement on December 4 convening the all-party meet today had kindled hope that the Centre would try to find a solution to an issue that has caused much turmoil in Andhra Pradesh for the last three years. However, the Home Minister had made clear that the consultation process would continue “till we find a final solution”