Congress Core Group discusses Telangana
The Congress core group met at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and had a 90-minute meeting discussing Telangana issue.
It is understood that the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, briefed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Singh on the consultations they had over the last few days with party leaders from both sides of the divide in Andhra Pradesh.
According to sources, the core group concerns relate to two issues: whether conceding the demand for Telangana will not result in similar claims from other parts of the country, such as Vidarbha and Gorkhaland; and whether pleasing the people of Telangana will end in the Congress losing voter support in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has been asked to deal sternly with the striking employees.