Cong panel discusses Telangana issue with Andhra CM

New Delhi: With indications of forward movement on Telangana, a high-level panel of Congress today held deliberations with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union ministers and MPs hailing from Seemandhra region.

Reddy, who arrived in the national capital today, met AICC General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradeh, Digvijay Singh separately before meeting senior leader A K Antony, who is the chairman of the party's special four-member committee to look into the grievances arising out of the decision on Telangana.

In the meeting, Reddy is learnt to have impressed upon the need to redress grievances of Seemandhra people.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister is a known votary for the united Andhra and has in the past expressed reservation against bifurcation of the state.

Union ministers M Pallam Raju, Panabaka Lakshmi, J D Seelam, D Purandeswari and other MPs from the region also aired their views before the committee.

The meeting took place at 15, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Road which is also known as Congress War Room.

Control over Hyderabad is a contentious issue despite the fact that the Congress Working Committee had said that it would remain the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh as also the proposed state of Telangana for 10 years.

The Antony Committee was constituted by the Congress high command to look into the situation arising out of the decision to form a separate Telangana state after bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.

Other members of the Committee are Union minister Veerappa Moily, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel.