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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                    Anjan
                    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:15 am
                    An old and retiring PM who has no say in important decisions wants to invite the same party he claimed to be communal for dinner. The state of Indian politics is at its worst none of them are honest and interested in the nation and its interests all for personal gain.
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                      Anjan
                      Feb 11, 2014 at 1:15 am
                      An old and retiring PM who has no say in important decisions wants to invite the same party he claimed to be communal for dinner. The state of Indian politics is at its worst none of them are honest and interested in the nation and its interests all for personal gain.
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                        Anjan
                        Feb 11, 2014 at 1:09 am
                        I do not think Congress and BJP are the ones to decide on the Andhra issue. The reason being political motive i had great regard for Modi and BJP but now if BJP decides to separate Andhra to two pieces for political gains then there is no difference between congress and BJP. I will not vote for Congress and BJP and eveyrone from Andhra should vote for TDP and ChandraBabu Naidu
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                          Anjan
                          Feb 11, 2014 at 1:09 am
                          I do not think Congress and BJP are the ones to decide on the Andhra issue. The reason being political motive i had great regard for Modi and BJP but now if BJP decides to separate Andhra to two pieces for political gains then there is no difference between congress and BJP. I will not vote for Congress and BJP and eveyrone from Andhra should vote for TDP and ChandraBabu Naidu
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                            Citizen
                            Feb 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm
                            Division to make prince's coronation ceremony??? Or is it going to be death knell to this party in AP for ever??? A foolish decision just to satisfy an unemplo politician at the cost of the state's development over the last few years.based on emotions and false promises by politicians for their own selfish reasons. Only future would tell what benefits are going to be after the division Jaihind
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                              Citizen
                              Feb 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm
                              Division to make prince's coronation ceremony??? Or is it going to be death knell to this party in AP for ever??? A foolish decision just to satisfy an unemplo politician at the cost of the state's development over the last few years.based on emotions and false promises by politicians for their own selfish reasons. Only future would tell what benefits are going to be after the division Jaihind
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                                Vikash Sharma
                                Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
                                Now where is pappu? who run the government
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                                  Vikash Sharma
                                  Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
                                  Now where is pappu? who run the government
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                                    watchout
                                    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:41 am
                                    Why is BJP helping the COngress? What will it gain if it helps Congress p the Telangana bill? Will it get the sympathy of Seemandhra voters? No! It will be hated by them. Kiran Reddy will be a "martyr" for these voters, having "fought" Congress! But this is a very cunning move by Congress! They are actully trying to make sure Kiran Reddy will get this sympathy of the voters now, will "break away" from Congress, form his own "party", and win as many seats as possible, and after elections "rejoin" Congress! Kiran Reddy has made it clear that he considers Congress his Mother Party, and that he owes everything to Sonia! Jagan rReddy will also fall in line after elections-CBI will be used for this. TRS will anyway ally with Congress- TRS hates BJP, notwithstanding their meeting with Rajnath to get his support for Telangana, and are already building temples for Sonia!! So, post elections, Congress will once again come to power, even if by proxy, in both Telangana and Seemandhra! And BJP will once again get 0! Is BJP that stupid?
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                                      watchout
                                      Feb 11, 2014 at 1:41 am
                                      Why is BJP helping the COngress? What will it gain if it helps Congress p the Telangana bill? Will it get the sympathy of Seemandhra voters? No! It will be hated by them. Kiran Reddy will be a "martyr" for these voters, having "fought" Congress! But this is a very cunning move by Congress! They are actully trying to make sure Kiran Reddy will get this sympathy of the voters now, will "break away" from Congress, form his own "party", and win as many seats as possible, and after elections "rejoin" Congress! Kiran Reddy has made it clear that he considers Congress his Mother Party, and that he owes everything to Sonia! Jagan rReddy will also fall in line after elections-CBI will be used for this. TRS will anyway ally with Congress- TRS hates BJP, notwithstanding their meeting with Rajnath to get his support for Telangana, and are already building temples for Sonia!! So, post elections, Congress will once again come to power, even if by proxy, in both Telangana and Seemandhra! And BJP will once again get 0! Is BJP that stupid?
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