Decision on Telangana in final stage: Digvijaya Singh

Hyderabad, July 1 (IANS) A decision on Telangana issue is in final stage and will be announced as early as possible, said Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.

He told reporters here Monday evening that there are only two options before the government – united Andhra Pradesh or formation of state of Telangana.

Stating that a decision will be taken as soon as possible, he refused to set any deadline, saying several such deadlines were set in the past.

Singh asked Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana to prepare a road map on what should be the strategy if a decision is taken either way.

“The road map is basically what should be the political strategy and the administrative action if a decision is taken either way. Both the government and the party have to be prepared for this,” he said.

He also remarked while moving a resolution in the state assembly is the normal process for creating a separate state, such a resolution will not be binding on the government.

“A decision will be taken in the best interest of the nation, in the interest of state and in the interest of the welfare of people of Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

On his first visit to the state after taking over as incharge of party affairs, he held meetings with the office bearers and also presided over the meeting of coordination committee.

Congress leaders of Telangana and Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra) separately called on Singh. While Telangana leaders sought an early decision on carving out the separate state, their counterparts from Seemandhra urged the leadership not to bifurcate the state.

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