Telangana decision: Congress core group meeting ends

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Telangana decision: Congress core group meeting ends
New Delhi:  The Congress' top decision making body, the core group, which includes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi, met today to discuss demands for a separate Telanganastate.


Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting, in which Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and other state leaders made presentations on various options. Mr Reddy had separately met SoniaGandhi before the meeting.

Pro-Telangana parties say they want nothing less than a separate state -financial packages or other sops won't do.  

To add to the Congress party's dilemma, its own leaders from Telangana arefirmly backing a separate state. Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao today said if theparty did not take a decision soon, the people of Telangana would be shattered.

TRS leader KT Rama Rao, who broke away from the UPA in 2006 over the issue,says there is no reason to believe that the Congress will go ahead with aseparate Telangana, going by past record.

The BJP has also challenged the Congress. "In the 2002 Lok Sabha polls,Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi promised Telangana within one year. The BJPbelieves when the NDA comes to power, the dreams of the people from Telanganawill come true," said BJP's Capt Abhimanyu.


On the other hand are protesters from the coastal andRayalaseema regions, who are opposing Telangana. Anti-Telangana groups have called a bandh today.

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