New Delhi, Oct 3 (ANI): Union Health Minister and Congress in-charge for Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said more consultations are required before taking a decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana.
Azad said a fresh round of consultation was needed with the chief minister and other important functionaries of Andhra Pradesh before coming to a final conclusion.
"No, even before delivering anything consultation process is always important. You cannot escape the consultation process. The consultation process at different levels has already taken place but again before taking the final decision of coming to the conclusion we need to consult few more leaders, may not be at the state level, but even at the national level we require to consult some people," said Azad.
"We shall have also to consult the chief minister and some important functionaries from the state besides the senior leaders of the party in the government," he added.
Expressing optimism that the impasse over the Telangana statehood issue would end soon, Azad said: "The positive thing is that the impasse has to be gone through, the impasse should not continue anymore. That is the positive thing."
An eleven-member delegation of Congress leaders from Telangana today met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and urged him to ensure resolution of separate state issue in a time bound manner.
The delegation comprising of state ministers and legislators discussed the prevailing situation in the state, which has crippled normal life in Andhra Pradesh for 21 days now.
The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which seeks to carve 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)