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Reddy does not meet Cong’s Telangana leaders,sparks row

Satyanarayana said Telangana leaders have demanded that Telangana state be formed with 10 districts with Hyderabad as capital.

The meetings planned between Congress leaders in Telangana and Seemandhra with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for discussions on drafting the note to be sent to the Group of Ministers (GoM) that is looking to modalities of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has run into a controversy with the CM deciding not to meet Telangana leaders.

Reddy is learnt to have told Telangana leaders to discuss it with Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Botsa Satyanarayana,while he himself would meet with Seemandhra leaders. The CM’s decision came under sharp criticism with several Telangana leaders accusing him of discrimination.

Telangana leaders met the APCC chief this morning and discussed what they wanted to be put in the note to be presented to the GoM.

Satyanarayana said Telangana leaders have demanded that Telangana state be formed with 10 districts with Hyderabad as capital without any conditions. “They are ok with Hyderabad being joint capital after bifurcation,but want the period to be reduced to 3 to 5 years only and not 10 years as proposed,’’ he said. Telangana leaders also demanded financial packages for backward regions of Telangana. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) demanded that overall policing of Telangana,including Hyderabad city,remain with Telangana state.

Botsa briefed the CM before his meeting with Seemandhra ministers and leaders. They were adamant before the CM that the Centre should take back its decision to bifurcate the state.

“Asking suggestions on bifurcation is like asking how to kill a man. The GoM does not matter to us. We have already said that we are totally against bifurcation of state,’’ Social Welfare Minister Pithani Satyanarayana said at the meeting.

The CM is under pressure from the party high command to mention in the note that the entire AP Congress unit supports bifurcation.

A similar quandary prevails in Telugu Desam Party (TDP) where Telangana TDP leaders are urging N Chandrababu Naidu to send suggestions in support of Telangana state while TDP leaders from Seemandhra are opposed to it.

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