Pressure mounts on Centre on Telangana demand

New Delhi/Hyderabad: Pressure mounted on the Centre with Congress MPs and MLAs demanding a time-frame for creation of Telangana state as its protagonists enforced a bandh in the region but the Centre pinned its hopes on the consultation process for a solution.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also made it clear that the Centre was not thinking of imposing President`s rule in Andhra Pradesh, where the campaigners for a separate state are planning to escalate protests on top of the two-day bandh that concluded today in 10 districts of the state.

Representatives of Congress MPs and MLAs met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee last night and urged that the Centre and the party high command fix a "time frame" for the creation of the new state.

"Give us a time frame. Be it six months, three months or two months," said Congress MP from Telangana region K Keshav Rao, who has resigned his Rajya Sabha membership.

Over 100 MLAs and 15 MPs belonging to various parties have resigned membership of Assembly and Parliament in a bid to pressure the Centre to take an early decision on their demand.

However, Rao said the resignations were not not a tool to arm twist anyone but only fulfil the urge for a separate state.

With speculation that the Centre would impose a spell of President`s rule in the state, Chidambaram told a press conference, "We are not thinking of President`s rule. We are unhappy that so many MLAs and MPs have tendered their resignation."