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Congress lawmakers from Telangana region meet Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi, Tue, 05 Jul 2011 ANI

New Delhi, July 5 (ANI): Congress lawmakers, who tendered their resignations to press for the demand of a separate state of Telangana, met Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here on Tuesday.


According to reports, the Congress MPs and MLAs from Andhra Pradesh's Telangana region during the meeting explained to Azad, who is the Congress Party in charge for Andhra, the reason for their resignations, and also agreed to take part in the discussions on the separate statehood issue.


"We will continue to be part of the discussions. We explained to Azad the conditions under which we put in our papers," said K Jana Reddy after the meeting.


He further informed that the leaders belonging to the Telangana region will hold another round of talks with Azad later in the day.


Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram earlier on Monday said the government is yet to take a final decision on the separate statehood issue.


Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said: "The Central Government's view will be made known after the consultation process is over. We have to bring everyone on board. There is a strong view of large number of people. We are yet to take a final decision."


The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum last year after the Congress-led UPA Government accepted the demand in principle.


Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt in 2009 and 2010, as pro-Telangana activists persisted with their demand. (ANI)


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