The government is treading cautiously on the issue of separate statehood for Telangana as it will have repercussions not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in other states, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said today.
"These [creation of new states] are matters we have to be very very careful [with]. It has got repercussions in your state [Andhra Pradesh] and repercussions in other states also. We have to find out how a solution [amicable way] can be found," he said without referring to other states facing similar demands.
Shinde said discussions were being held with various leaders from Andhra Pradesh and they would continue in future.
"MPs [from Andhra Pradesh] are meeting me. I have also been talking to them. So far discussions are going on," the minister said without giving a timeframe to end the stalemate.
Shinde was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the passing-out parade of Indian Police Service trainees at the National Police Academy (NPA) here.
Asked if any decision could be expected soon on the issue, Shinde said, "I don't know," but discussions will continue.
Reacting to a query over Telugu Desam Party leader N Chandrababu Naidu's letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh seeking an all-party meet on Telangana, the home minister said, "Any leader can suggest in this regard. There is nothing wrong. If some good suggestions are coming, we will welcome them."
Earlier, the Centre had said that it was ready to call a meeting of eight political parties once it gets the opinions of four political parties — Congress, TDP, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and YSR Congress.
The BJP, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Communist Party of India and CPI (Marxist) have already taken a stand on the issue, but the remaining four parties are yet to make public their stand on the creation of a separate state.
Two meetings of political parties on Telangana were held on January 5, 2010, and January 6, 2011, but made little headway.