Accept CWC decision to form Telangana and maintain peace, Digvijay Singh tells united Andhra leaders

New Delhi, Aug.2 (ANI): Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday urged united Andhra leaders to main peace and accept the Congress Working Committee's (CWC) decision for the creation of a separate Telangana state.

"I urge upon them (ministers supporting united Andhra) to maintain peace and calm. Whatever the issues they have, we will try to address them," Singh told media here.

"We are in the touch with the people, with the members of parliament, with the MLAs and we are trying to convince them that all there problem and all there issues will be addressed. Therefore, I strongly appeal to them that they (ministers supporting united Andhra) should accept the CWC decision," Singh added.

According to reports, Andhra Pradesh Congress leaders from Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra have decided to urge party high command to reconsider its decision to bifurcate the state even as some of them started tendering resignations.

After holding a meeting in Hyderabad last evening, three ministers are learnt to have handed over their resignations to Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy in favour of united state.

About 18 ministers, AICC Secretaries Tirunavukkarasu and Ramachandra Kuntia and Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Satyanarayana attended the meeting that continued for more than three hours.

Meanwhile, 11 Congress legislators from Seemandhra regions have submitted their resignations to the Speaker pressing their demand for a united Andhra. Eighteen more legislators have sent resignation papers to the Pradesh Congress President.

Sixteen MLAs of the main opposition Telugu Desam from the two regions have sent their resignations despite their party chief N.Chandrababu Naidu welcomed the decision to bifurcate the state.

Meanwhile, protest demonstrations continued in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions affecting normal life even after two days.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said that the process for the formation of the new state of Telangana would take about five to six months as per constitutional norms.

"The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has passed a resolution and further procedure will be done according to the Constitution of India. Telangana will be formed by following all the procedures and it would take five to six months," he told media here.

He also added that Telangana was being formed because it was the oldest issue and the people of that region have been agitating and demanding the formation of a separate state since 1956. (ANI)


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