Decision on Telangana in a month: Home minister

December 29, 2012 - 4:02:44 am


New Delhi: A decision on the issue of carving out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh will be taken within a month, union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said yesterday.

“A decision will be taken within a month... we have heard the members of various parties... we have noted their views and will brief the government about it,” Shinde told reporters after an all-party meet here on the issue. Noting that the people of Andhra Pradesh were suffering, the home minister appealed to the youths for calm.

Representatives of eight political parties attended the meeting, which was also attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. “Some will be satisfied and some will not be,” Shinde remarked to queries if the decision would satisfy people of all three regions of the state. Terming this the last all-party meeting on the issue, he said he was satisfied with it. 

“The meeting was cordial and every one expressed their views. We have noted (them) down and some of the representatives expressed that the decision should be given as early as possible,” he added.

Shinde declined to reveal the views expressed by the parties, saying it was an in-camera meeting. Asked if the decision will be in accordance with the recommendations of the Srikrishna Commission report, Shinde said: “Everything will be considered.”