CM urges TRS legislators to reconsider resignation

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Hyderabad, Mar 4 (UNI) Maintaining that the ruling Congress was striving to arrive at a consensus on the sensitive Telangana issue, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today asked the TRS Legislators to reconsider their resignations from the Assembly and the Council.

The Congress party, leading the UPA at the Centre, was seized of the matter and would take an ''appropriate decision at an appropriate time,'' Dr Reddy said in the State Assembly while replying to submissions made by the TRS before resigning their membership.

Admitting that ''the Telangana sentiment is very much there'' and the point had been proved by TRS President K Chandrasekar Rao by getting re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Karimnagar after resigning his seat, the Chief Minister said ''the statehood issue was still open. The UPA sub-committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is striving to arrive at a consensus''.

''Let us all work together till then for all-round development'', he said, making an appeal to the TRS.

Taking strong objection to the estranged ally TRS's charge that Congress President Sonia Gandhi had cheated the TRS on the issue, he said eventhough the Congress party was sincerely committed to provide reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures and go ahead with the nuclear deal it was unable to do so due to the compulsions of coalition politics.

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