No decision on Telangana, government seeks more consultations

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 14:10 hrs

New Delhi: The UPA Government on Sunday sought more time for consultations with leaders from Andhra Pradesh to take a decision on the issue of separate statehood for Telangana.

As the deadline set by the government a month ago, ends tomorrow, Union Health Minister and Congress Party in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that more consultations were needed with leaders from the state and they would be invited to New Delhi for talks.

"We need more consultations with senior leaders of the three regions of Andhra Pradesh We will invite them to Delhi along with the Chief Minister and state Congress chief," said Azad.

Asked whether any deadline has been set for the further consultation, Azad said: "There is no deadline but the talks will be held as soon as possible."

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had on December 28 assured political parties that a decision on Telangana would be taken within a month.

Meanwhile, pro-Telangana people staged protest their protest in New Delhi and Hyderabad demanding swift decision on the issue.

At the Osmania University in Hyderabad, a group of pro-Telangana students clashed with police personnel when they tried to prevent them from taking out a rally to Raj Bhawan.

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