Pallam Raju meets Sonia, advised 'not to act in haste'

New Delhi, Oct 5 (ANI): Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister M.M. Pallam Raju, who offered to quit after being unhappy over the decision to create a separate Telangana state, met Congress President Sonia Gandhi here on Saturday evening who advised him 'not to act in haste'.

Pallam Raju after the meeting told media that he updated Gandhi what all is happening subsequent to the Cabinet decision related to Telangana.

"And I said that there are very very genuine concerns. There are concerns related to water-sharing, there are concerns related to the status of Hyderabad because of the insecurities of the people who are living in and around Hyderabad. There is a feeling of denial of opportunity for the students who look to educational institutions and jobs in and around Hyderabad. And it is not easy to create a second capital, there are lot of complications involved and people are agitated and there are serious considerations which I said and pleaded with her," said Pallam Raju.

"And Madam did say that there is now a Group of Ministers which is looking into this issue and you must work with them. And also yesterday I had said that I had decided to resign and so I went and met Madam and requested that I would like to resign from the Council of Ministers. But she gave me the same advice that I was given by the Prime Minister that I should not act in haste and that I should try and find a solution to the numerous issues by working with the Group of Ministers and also other leaders from all over Andhra Pradesh," he added.

Pallam Raju yesterday said he is deeply offended and aggrieved that the concerns and sentiments of the people of the region have not been taken into consideration.

Pallam Raju, a senior leader from Seemandhra region, had earlier on Thursday night met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and offered to resign.

The Prime Minister, however, asked him to continue.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde yesterday said that the Centre will have to take the Seemandhra Ministers into confidence and 'console' them over the nod for formation of a separate Telangana state.

"They are our colleagues, we will see they remain in the cabinet. They have expressed their concern and we will have to take them into confidence and we will try our level best. After all, when there is bifurcation of state such feelings are there. No one can avoid this, we will have to console them," he said.

Shinde also made it clear that the ruling Congress Party is not looking for any political advantage with the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

The Home Minister's remark came a day after the Union Cabinet gave its approval for creation of Telangana following which Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi resigned from the Council of Ministers.

Meanwhile, the tension continues to prevail in Rayalaseema and Coastal regions in Andhra Pradesh, where people turned out in large numbers on the first day of the 72-hour shutdown yesterday in protest against the Union Cabinet's approval to bifurcate the state.

The Centre has been requested to provide additional forces for deployment in the two regions as public demonstrations turned violent at several places.

The Union Cabinet earlier on Thursday approved the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.

The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the states for a period of ten years.

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights.

The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoM will go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them.

The GoM will also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States. (ANI)

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