No breakthrough likely at all-party meet on
Notwithstanding the high expectations that a section of Congress
leaders have, the all-party meeting convened by the central
government over the Telangana issue Dec 28 is not likely to
achieve any breakthrough in finding a solution to the contentious
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New Delhi: The
government will take a decision on the issue of carving out a
separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh in a month, union
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Friday.
"A decision will be taken within a month... we have heard the
members of various parties... we have noted their views and will
brief the government about it," Shinde told reporters after an
all-party meet on the issue.
Noting that the people of Andhra Pradesh were suffering, the home
minister appealed to the youth for calm and said the government
was taking a decision.
Representatives of eight political parties attended the meeting,
which was also attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran
"Some will be satisfied and some will not be," he remarked when
asked if the decision would satisfy people of all three regions of
Shinde said this was the last all-party meeting and he was
satisfied with it. "The meeting was cordial and every one
expressed their views. We have noted (them) down and some of the
representatives expressed that the decision should be given as
early as possible," he added.
He declined to reveal the views expressed by the parties, saying
it was an in-camera meeting.
Two representatives each of Congress party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP),
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS),
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI),
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen (MIM) attended the meeting, which lasted one-and-half
Prominent among those who attended the meet were TRS chief K.
Chandrasekhara Rao, TDP's senior leader Y. Ramakrishnudu and MIM
president Asaduddin Owaisi.
A large number of Telangana supporters who had gathered outside
North Block raised slogans of 'Jai Telangana' when Shinde and the
chief minister arrived for the meeting.
Police also arrested a group of Telangana protagonists, including
students, for staging a protest, demanding an early decision on
This was the third all-party meeting. The earlier two, convened in
2010 and 2011 by then union home minister P. Chidambaram, had
failed to evolve a consensus.
Chidambaram had announced on Dec 9, 2009 that the process for
formation of Telangana state will be initiated.
However, following mass resignations of MPs and state legislators
in Andhra and Rayalseema regions, the centre said the process
would be initiated after a consensus over the issue.
The demand for separate statehood to Telangana, which comprises 10
districts including Hyderabad, is over four decades old.
The movement was revived by Chandrasekhara Rao by floating TRS in
2000. He went on an indefinite fast in 2009, which finally forced
the central government to make a statement.