The government today called a meeting of political parties from Andhra Pradesh on December 28 to discuss Telangana statehood. This appears to be a move to placate the Congress's dissenting MPs from Telangana and ensure their support when Parliament votes on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail issue.
The meeting has been called by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. The sulking Congress MPs from Telangana welcomed the all-party meeting and have agreed to participate in the FDI vote, the Press Trust of India reported.
Several Congress MPs from Telangana had yesterday boycotted a meeting with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath ahead of the two-day FDI debate in Parliament.
Sources said they were upset that the Telangana issue was being overlooked by the party and the UPA government. Statements by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Vijayawada MP Rajagopal that the votes of Telangana MPs won't matter too offended them.
The meeting had been called by the parliamentary affairs minister to seek assurances on the FDI vote.(With PTI inputs)