The Telangana Quicksand: To be or not to be tabled in parliament

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The Telangana Bill quicksand deepens
New Delhi, Feb 13: In a last minute effort to stitch up Telangana, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met top leaders of the BJP over lunch on Wednesday.

Though the government is trying to push through the Telangana Bill in this parliament session, it is still not decided whether the bill will be tabled today. Despite the decision not being taken yet, security has been beefed up near the assembly.

According to CNN-IBN, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet his senior leaders on Thursday to decide whether to table the Telangana Bill or not.

The government is reportedly worried about the actions of Seemandhra MPs who have been stalling Parliament ever since it reconvened last week.

According to reports, the government is ready to sacrifice some of the pending anti-corruption bills, if the BJP allows the smooth passage of Telangana Bill.

Sources say the BJP does not want to delay the Telangana Bill to the next session that will see a new government. Sources say the BJP has assured the Prime Minister of cooperation but also said justice must be done to the Seemandhra region.

Security has been beefed up near the assembly

Congress general secretary in charge of AP Digvijaya Singh said, "Concerns of Seemandhra leaders justified. As Hyderabad is going to Telangana, they should be compensated for the revenue loss. The government committed to addressing their concerns. The Finance Commission will take this up in October. No constitution amendment is required for this. I don't want to comment on the government's handling of the bill in Parliament."

Speculation is rife that the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy may resign.

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