New Delhi, July 27 (): Even after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy continued to oppose the demand of separate Telangana, the Congress at the centre appeared to be in favour of creating a separate state which is expected to be finalized before the Monsoon session of the Parliament beginning August 5.
Talking to reporters, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh claimed that the consultation procedure over the issue had come to an end and it was time to wait for the UPA government to decide on the matter. The party’s highest decision body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will now be taking a final decision on the issue which has been delayed for the past few years.
Although the exact date of the CWC meeting is yet to be decided, it is likely to be held ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on August 5. Standing firm on his stand, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy continued to resist the demand of a separate Telangana on Friday.
Reports said that the state Chief Minister had told Congress president Sonia Gandhi before the commencement of the core group meeting at Race Course Road in New Delhi that creation of Telangana would lead to destruction that cannot be controlled easily.
There is also deep difference of opinion within the Congress party on the issue. While the BJP, TDP, TRS and CPI are in favour of Telangana, party leaders belonging to coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema are opposed to division of the state.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) and CPM have also expressed dissatisfaction over the move as MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi have appealed to the Congress not to take a one-sided decision and has suggested for an all-party meet on the issue.
After conducting a two-hour meeting on the issue, the Congress leadership is expected to work towards figuring out formation of a separate state and is also likely to settle the matter before the Parliament session.