Digvijay refuses to set T deadline

Digvijay refuses to set T deadline

Once roadmap is ready, Sonia, PM will call Core Group meeting at convenience OUJAC leaders submit memo...

  • Once roadmap is ready, Sonia, PM will call Core Group meeting at convenience
  • OUJAC leaders submit memo to Digvijay

Venkat Parsa

New Delhi: AICC General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh on Monday said the Congress Core Group meeting would be scheduled after the roadmap has been readied, depending on the convenience of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

He said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and APCC President Botcha Satyanarayana are preparing the roadmap. As soon as it is ready, it will be submitted to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and depending on the convenience of those concerned, the Core Group will be convened. However, Digvijay Singh refused to set any deadline for the entire exercise. The Congress is serious and is engaged in the process and once that is complete, then the party will set in motion the decision-making process.

Spending a busy morning at his residence, Digvijay Singh received Union Minister of State for Railways Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy and Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, besides the delegation of Osmania University Joint Action Committee (OUJAC). OUJAC leaders said all that they are asking is that the Congress should honour the commitment made by the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 9, 2009, on creation of Telangana. Failing which, they will go to polls, projecting the Congress as the party that betrayed the people of Telangana, he said.

In a memorandum submitted to Digvijay Singh, it was stated that in spite of qualifications and competence, Telangana youths do not get jobs. Non-Telangana people get the jobs, because of nepotism. Surplus funds collected in the form of taxes from Telangana region are diverted to the Andhra region. Similarly, natural resources like coal and water are diverted to develop the Andhra region. Such sustained discrimination and neglect of Telangana led to a historic agitation for separate statehood for Telangana in 1969.


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