Cong to decide at 'appropriate time' on Telangana issue: CM

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Hyderabad, Feb 14 (UNI) Maintaining that the Congress High Command will decide on the Telangana issue at an 'appropriate time', Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today urged various parties to join hands with the government for the all-round development of the state.

Likening the ''vexed'' Telangana issue to the Kashmir issue, the Chief Minister, intervening after suspension of the TRS members in the Assembly, said, ''instant solution to the issue is not possible. Let us leave it to the High Command.'' ''Let us work for the development of the state till then, similar to Indo-Pakistan cooperation in various fields despite differences over the vexed Kashmir issue,'' he appealed to the allies.

Making it clear that he was not putting any hurdles for creation of Telangana state, Dr Reddy said, ''I have great love for the region. Hence, I had started the Long March on the eve of last Assembly elections from Chevala in the region to get to know about the people's problems.'' Denying the charge that Party President Sonia Gandhi was silent on the issue, he said the party high command was considering the demand from various angles, including repercussions like demand for creation of more states out of Andhra Pradesh.

The party was also considering the 'possible' increase in insurgency problem due to Telangana's proximity to naxalite-infested Chhattisgarh, going by the reports of Central and state Intelligence agencies.


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