New Delhi: In a bid to find a way out of the Telangana imbroglio, the Union government on Wednesday convened a meeting in New Delhi on 5 January of eight political parties in Andhra Pradesh for a discussion on the issue.
Home minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday sent an invitation to leaders of the parties following his 23 December statement in which he had promised to hold wide-ranging consultations with all political parties and groups in the state on the issue of a separate Telangana state.
Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Praja Rajyam, Bharatiya Janata Party and Majlis Ittihad Muslimeen are the recognized parties in Andhra Pradesh.
The decision comes after detailed discussions in the government and at the highest political level in the Congress party in the last few days after political parties were divided on regional lines in Andhra Pradesh and demanded immediate steps on formation of the separate state.
Seeking a solution: Home minister P. Chidambaram has sent an invitation to leaders of eight parties to discuss the Telangana issue. Madhu Kapparath/Mint
On Tuesday, TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao had said he was prepared for talks but would not accept setting up of any committee on the issue which, he considered, would be a waste of time.
Meanwhile, the joint action committee (JAC) of political parties spearheading the campaign for separate Telangana hailed the government’s decision to hold a meeting of political parties in Delhi but would like to know its “scope and purpose”.
“The decision to hold talks is a step forward. But we would like to know the scope and purpose of the exercise. We can’t give a final assessment until we know that,” JAC convener Kodandaram told reporters.
Kodandaram said the JAC would discuss the Union government’s invitation and take a decision.
“But we will continue with our agitation,” Kodandaram said.