To break Telangana logjam, Manmohan initiates dinner diplomacy, invites BJP leaders

Govt wants to urgently clear the Telangana Bill after having announced the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

New Delhi | Updated: February 10, 2014 1:09 pm
PM during his meeting with BJP leaders is likely to assure them that their concerns regarding justice to Seemandhra region will be addressed. (PTI Photo) PM during his meeting with BJP leaders is likely to assure them that their concerns regarding justice to Seemandhra region will be addressed. (PTI Photo)

Amid continued disruption of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited top BJP leaders for dinner on February 12 to seek their support for the passage of the crucial Telangana Bill and other anti-corruption legislations in Parliament.

The Prime Minister personally called up senior BJP leader L K Advani and Leaders of the Opposition in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Sunday night to invite them for dinner at his residence, according to sources.

They said the dinner meeting was earlier scheduled for today but was postponed on account of non-availability of Advani, who was away in his Gandhinagar constitutency.

The government has reportedly agreed to BJP’s demands on amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, and the Prime Minister during his meeting with the BJP leaders is likely to assure them that their concerns regarding justice to Seemandhra region will be addressed.

While BJP has made its stand clear by backing formation of Telangana, it has put conditions to support the bill, saying concerns of people from the Seemandhra region be addressed specifically in the legislation and the quantum of financial package to be given to it be spelled out.

The Telangana bill is likely to be tabled in Rajya Sabha in a day or two after the President accords his approval.

The Union Cabinet had cleared the bill on Friday and the government has sent it to the President for his approval before introducing the measure in Parliament.

Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament have continued to be disrupted over the Telangana issue ever since the session commenced on February 5.

The government wants to urgently clear the bill after having announced the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh as this is the last session before elections are declared.

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    Hyderabadi
    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:57 am
    this country is doomed
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    desi
    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:43 am
    When you guys say you are moderating comments, do you mean you are censoring them? What are you folks in the media afraid of? That some comments will be against your paymasters?
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    desi
    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:43 am
    When you guys say you are moderating comments, do you mean you are censoring them? What are you folks in the media afraid of? That some comments will be against your paymasters?
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
    Andhra Pradesh-Telangana has gone terribly out of gear. If people of a state don't want the division of the state, and the state embly has rejected it, then Congress and BJP should not go ahead with it in Parliament.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
    Andhra Pradesh-Telangana has gone terribly out of gear. If people of a state don't want the division of the state, and the state embly has rejected it, then Congress and BJP should not go ahead with it in Parliament.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:20 am
    The Bhartiya Janta Party's support for Telangana bills might come at the cost of a series of anti-corruption bills that were also lined up for this short session, the last before the national election, due by May. The BJP had described these bills as "Rahul hi's poll agenda." On Telangana Rajnath's BJP is playing dirty politics.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:20 am
    The Manmohan's government last week accepted some of the demands of CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and other politicians opposed to Telangana, but did not agree to designate the IT hub of Hyderabad a union territory. It will be a shared capital for the next 10 years between the old and new state but its revenue is unlikely to be divided.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
    Whatever may be their political affiliations, supporters of Telangana and Undivided Andhra Pradesh must sit together to find a middle path. YSR Congress's Jaganmohan Ready met Mamta Banerjee to seek her support for a united Andhra Pradesh. It is a fact that demand for creation of separate Telangana state can not be put off for indefinite period. We have to solve this long standing problem by considering all point of views.
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