Andhra chief minister rules out resolution on Telangana

Hyderabad, June 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy Monday turned down the demand for passing a resolution in the state assembly for separate statehood to the Telangana region.

The chief minister made it clear during the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the assembly that no resolution can be passed on the issue as the central government was dealing with it.

The BAC meeting was held to chalk out the agenda for the budget session, which resumed Monday after a gap of nearly two-and-half months.

The Telanagana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Communist Party of India demanded that a resolution be passed by the assembly, urging the centre to carve out a Telangana state.

The chief minister, however, told the leaders of these parties that there was nothing in the hands of the state government as it was for the centre to take a decision.

Like in the first phase, the Telangana issue is likely to dominate the session. The TRS has already announced that it would not allow the house to function unless the Telangana resolution is moved.

Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), whose constituents include the TRS and the BJP, has also called for ‘chalo assembly’ June 14 to demand the assembly to pass a resolution.

The JAC has called upon people to participate in lakhs. The apex body, spearheading the Telangana movement, is determined to go ahead with the march despite police denying permission.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma said police would deal firmly with those trying to violate the prohibitory orders around the assembly building.

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