Telangana discussion in Parliament today

The issue of separate Telangana will figure in Parliament on Friday with Lok Sabha scheduled to take up a calling attention motion on the issue. Leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj has given a notice of the calling attention, which will be responded to by home minister P Chidambaram.

The issue has led to resignation of over a dozen MPs, including several from Congress, from Telangana region and Speaker Meira Kumar is yet to take a decision on the resignations.

It is for the first time that the Telangana issue will figure in Parliament after the MPs’ resignation. The government has so far been maintaining that there has to be consensus of all the stakeholders.

While Telangana MPs want the Centre to stick to its December 9, 2009 statement that the government will initiate steps for the formation of Telangana state, but lawmakers from rest of the state want Andhra Pradesh to be united.

Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad is trying to find a solution to the issue by holding consultations with lawmakers from all regions. [PTI]

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