The much-awaited decision on Telangana issue will be taken within a month, said Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
The announcement came after senior political leaders from Andhra Pradesh on Friday met Shinde and urged the central government to take a decision on Telangana at the earliest.
The meeting held in New Delhi was convened by Shinde and top leaders from eight political parties from Andhra Pradesh including CM Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy and two representatives from each political party attended the meeting.
“I have heard carefully from all the parties. I will brief the government on the outcome of the meeting and within one month we will come out with a result. Within one month, there will be a decision,” he said.
TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, the political face of the Telangana agitation for the past few years, termed the meeting as a “futile exercise” and announced a Telangana bandh on Saturday to protest against the government’s attitude towards the demand for a separate state.
The home minister said he understood that people of Andhra have been facing problem for past several years due to the ongoing agitation demanding a separate Telangana and appealed to the youth of the state to remain peaceful.
Menawhile, the Telugu Desam Party stuck to its stand on the contentious Andhra Pradesh bifurcation issue by supporting formation of a separate Telangana state. “I would like to bring to your notice that our party has stated its opinion through its letter dated October 18, 2008 to the then minister for external affairs Pranab Mukherjee and our letter is still with your government. We have not withdrawn our letter,” TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Shinde.