Telegana issue to be resolved soon assures Pranab Mukherjee

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Pranab Mukherjee
New Delhi, Jun 16: A final decision on the Telangana issue would be taken after Sonia Gandhi, Congress party Chief will be back in Delhi, said Pranab Mukherjee  to the Congress leaders from Telangana on Wednesday, Jun 16.

A panel of 60 Congress leaders that included state ministers, MLAs and MPs from Telangana, continued their press for political action with central leaders. First with P Chidambaram, Home Minister then with Pranab Mukherjee and Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi's political secretary.

The leaders said that no sort of statehood would stop the agitation in the region.

P Chidambaram assured the group of representatives that their sentiments would be passed to Congress' core group. The Congress leaders expressed their "unhappiness" on getting "very little" time to meet P Chidambaram. They waited in home ministry's conference hall for more than two hours, as a mark of their protest, while Chidambaram had gone for the Lokpal drafting panel meeting.

"We have met the home minister and placed our demand. Unfortunately, he was in a hurry to go for another meeting. So, our people are unhappy as the home minister gave us very little time," said Hanumantha Rao, MP, Congress.

He also expressed his unhappiness and said that people of Telangana were unhappy because neither Parliament nor the state assembly mentioned the death of 600 people who demanded a separate state.

The Telangana representatives travelled to Delhi on Wednesday, Jun 15 to meet core committee members to push for the cause. Setting a Jun 30 deadline for the party leaders to make clear their stand on the demand for the separate Telangana state, they want the Centre to abide by their statement made on Dec 9, 2009 and table a bill on this regard.

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