The all-party meeting on the Telangana issue on Tuesday with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in Delhi ended with parties divided on the creation of a separate State and there could be further discussions.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao of TRS and BJP’s Bandaru Dattareya demanded that the Centre take immediate steps for formation of the new State. Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi made it clear that his party was for a united Andhra Pradesh and he favoured constitution of a committee for the involvement of all groups to go into the issue. BJP opposed any further consultation. The MIM demanded President’s rule to bring back normalcy in the state.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who talked to reporters after a meeting that lasted over four hours with leaders of eight political parties in Andhra Pradesh, said the parties were keen on concluding the issue soon. The Minister asked the parties to give their views on the mechanism and the road map for consultation among parties and groups. He told the leaders that he would take these views to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his senior Cabinet colleagues and would come up with a decision or a statement on behalf of the Union Government.
The leaders of the eight recognized parties of Andhra Pradesh came out with a joint statement in which they appealed that peace, harmony, law and order should be maintained in the State.