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8 parties invited for T meet

8 parties invited for T meet
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8 Parties Invited for T Meet, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Telangana Meet. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday again called on President Pranab Mukherjee, when the issue of Telangana figured.

  • Shinde meets President again
  • All-party meet only a formality to satisfy all shades of opinion

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday again called on President Pranab Mukherjee, when the issue of Telangana figured. It is understood that Home Minister Shinde apprised the President about the decision to call an all-party meeting on Telangana, in order to get all the principal political parties on board. The Union Home Ministry has also sent out invitations to the eight political parties in Andhra Pradesh that include the Congress, MIM, TRS, TDP, YSRCP, BJP, CPI and CPM to attend the all-party meeting.

After his meeting with the President, Shinde said first the opinions of the political parties would be sought. Based on their opinions, the government would take its decisions. There was urgency, he said, as the time available was very short.

Significantly, the Home Minister denied that he had discussed with the President the letter sent to him by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Shinde also refused to react to the objections raised by Kiran Reddy. The Centre is keen to clear the air and ensure that all shades of opinion are elicited, before it proceeds in the matter. With growing criticism that no proper consultations have been made by the Centre with the stakeholders, it has decided to go in for another round of all-party meeting.

There was an all-party meeting ahead of the decision on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. As a logical step, the Centre has decided on another all-party meeting, before it firms up the Telangana Bill. The Centre is looking forward to concrete suggestions coming from the political parties on the provisions that require to be included in the Telangana Bill. It expects the political parties’ proposals to reflect the popular demand of the people of Seemandhra region, so that the process of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh could become smooth.

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