Telangana decision: Sonia Gandhi-Andhra CM meet an eyewash?

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New Delhi, Feb 4: Meeting after meeting are being held but final decision on Telangana has not been taken yet. Continuing the decorum, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy again on Monday, Feb 4 rushed to New Delhi to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

During the crucial meeting with Mrs Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad was also present at the venue to discuss the burning issue regarding separate statehood. Azad is the in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Congress Party spokesperson PC Chacko earlier on Jan 30had said that the party is not against the formation of Telangana but it needs time to complete the formalities. Chacko also signalled that the process has been put on the fast track.

"Congress is not against the formation of Telangana state. We are in the process of taking a decision but then formalities have to be completed," said Chacko while addressing media.

His remarks had come even as Congress MPs from Telangana were waiting for an appointment with Gandhi for submitting their resignation to press for an early creation of a separate state.

Recently, BJP's State Executive Committee member Satish Agarwal had filed a fresh petition against the Congress President accusing her of breaking promises which she allegedly had made in party manifesto before the 2004 general elections.

Filing the petition before the Malkajgiri court of Ranga Reddy district, Mr Agarwal claimed that Mrs Gandhi allegedly had promised to carve a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

Even Sonia Gandhi had promised Telangana at a public meeting in Karimnagar district during an election campaign in 2004, Mr Agarwal said. Despite the Congress's victory in that election, Congress prolonged the decision on creating Telangana state.

OneIndia News
(With PTI inputs)

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