No flip-flop on Telangana, says Chidambaram

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New Delhi, Dec 31: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, Dec 31, asserted that the government had done "no flip-flop" over separate statehood to Telangana.

Addressing a press conference, he said, "The Jan 5 meeting of eight political parties from Andhra Pradesh had been called to devise a mechanism and lay a road map on resolving the controversial issue."

He said, "The UPA government had said that a separate Telangana state will be carved out from Andhra Pradesh at an appropriate time after due consultations and consensus."

"Major political parties in Andhra Pradesh, contested the 2009 Assembly elections on manifestos that in one manner or other declared support for the formation of a separate state of Telangana," he added.

"The Jan 5 meeting is the first step in consultations. We have called the recognised parties in the state to devise a mechanism and lay a roadmap on the issue," he said.

Chidambaram also pointed out that other student groups and interested parties would also be consulted at a later stage.

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