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3 Cong MPs from Telangana set deadline,threaten to quit

Slam Chacko for saying issue not on UPA national agenda; Chacko says his remark misconstrued

Written by Press Trust Of India | Hyderabad | Published: May 20, 2013 2:48:20 am

Three Congress MPs from Telangana region on Sunday said they would not hesitate to quit if the party leadership does not take a decision on statehood issue by May 30. The statement came after the MPs — M Jagannath,G Vivek and S Rajaiah — met here and discussed the issue.

Talking to reporters,Jagannath said they would not hesitate to quit the party if no favourable decision came by May 30.

“We want to make it clear to the Congress high command that if no decision came on Telangana issue by May 30,our action plan will be towards taking a tough decision. We would not even hesitate to quit the party,” he said.

Though they had set such deadlines earlier too,Rajaiah said this would be the final one.

The MPs condemned the comments of AICC spokesman P C Chacko on Saturday that Telangana does not form a part of the national agenda of the UPA and it concerns the state government.

Chacko’s remarks had come in response to the question as to when the decision on Telangana was expected.

However,in a statement on Sunday,Chacko insisted that the Telangana problem is very much on the UPA’s national agenda and the party is aware of the sentiments of the people from that region and a decision will be taken as soon as the ongoing consultation process is over.

He said his comments on Telangana on Saturday at a press conference were misunderstood and misconstrued.

The Telangana Congress MPs have been in the forefront of the statehood agitation. They held a sit-in the premises of Parliament during the recently-concluded Budget session.

It was speculated that some of the MPs would join the TRS after its president K Chandrasekhar Rao met Jagannath and Keshav Rao and extended invitation to join his party. Responding to Sunday’s development,TRS MLA and Rao’s nephew T Harish Rao asked the MPs to quit the Congress and join hands with the TRS in fighting for separate Telangana state.

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