Congress hints at Telangana decision after budget

Times News Network | Feb 27, 2013, 04.21 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Congress leadership indicated on Tuesday that it would take a call on the creation of Telangana after the passage of the general budget.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated this at the meeting of the UPA coordination committee. According to sources, he was responding to NCP boss and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar who wanted to know about the Centre’s stand on the demand for creation of Telangana.

Pawar had earlier supported the Telangana cause.

The meeting also saw National Conference leader and Union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah saying that the Centre should have taken his party into confidence over the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9. “We also had a huge stake in the matter,” sources quoted Abdullah as saying.

The coordination committee was meeting after a long gap, and the three-hour session saw the constituents venting their angst over a host of issues. While Pawar powerfully raised the issue of what he called discrimination against Maharashtra in the rail budget, DMK representative T R Baalu said India should lead the effort to ostracize and censure Sri Lanka for crimes committed by its security forces against innocent Tamil civilians. He said India should not hesitate to vote for the resolution that US proposes to move at the forthcoming meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council next month.

The prime minister said India will highlight the issue in an appropriate way.


Author: kattashekar

Former Editor, Namasthe Telangana Daily

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