Telangana crisis: Solution would be found soon: PCC chief

Hyderabad: The Congress high command is holding consultations with the MPs, MLAs and MLCs from Telangana, who have quit their posts, and a solution to the problem would soon be found, Andhra Pradesh Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana expressed hope here on Wednesday.

"They (legislators from Telangana) have quit their posts due to the circumstances. There is nothing more to it. A solution will be found to the problem," he told reporters.

He was replying to a query on the "crisis" gripping the state government and the Congress following the en masse resignations of the lawmakers.

The ministers and others would remain in their posts till the resignations are accepted, he said.

"They have resigned. But, since they have not been accepted, they continue to be ministers," he said.

When he was pointed out that the Congress high command is yet to do anything on the issue, even though some of the ministers and MPs, who have quit for Telangana, are camping in Delhi, the PCC president said that top leaders are holding consultations.

"You (media) have shown that talks are going on continuously. How can it be said that nothing is being done," he asked.

Asked what was the need to hold further consultations, as suggested by Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, since the Sri Krishna Committee had already held wide-ranging consultations, Satyanarayana said it was a technical panel, which studied the issue and gave six suggestions to the government.

There is a need to hold further consultations to find a good and early solution to the issue in view of the sensitivities involved, he said.

As many as 101 MLAs, out of 119 from Telangana, have resigned in support of separate statehood demand till yesterday. The strength of the Andhra Pradesh assembly is 294.

According to the final forest clearance for the project on May 2, Ramesh had said he would like to see that the provision of the iron ore export be completely avoided in the revised MoU.

Meanwhile, though the company had agreed to accept the state government`s mandatory employment provision of reserving jobs for the local youths and committed to implement the state government`s R&R policy in toto, Posco-India was yet to give its views on the controversial iron ore export clause.

According to provisions of the lapsed MoU, the South Korean steel major would export 30 per cent of its iron ore requirement and import an equal quantity of raw material.

Another reason for delay in renewing the MoU could be Posco`s recent proposal to set up 12 mtpa capacity steel facility in different phases and different modules.

"One has to calculate the amount of raw materials and water requirement for each phase," the official pointed out.

Delay in MoU renewal due to different reasons has created suspicion among people who would be affected by the mega steel project, said former minister and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout.

According to the final forest clearance for the project on May 2, Ramesh had said he would like to see that the provision of the iron ore export be completely avoided in the revised MoU.

Meanwhile, though the company had agreed to accept the state government`s mandatory employment provision of reserving jobs for the local youths and committed to implement the state government`s R&R policy in toto, Posco-India was yet to give its views on the controversial iron ore export clause.

According to provisions of the lapsed MoU, the South Korean steel major would export 30 per cent of its iron ore requirement and import an equal quantity of raw material.

Another reason for delay in renewing the MoU could be Posco`s recent proposal to set up 12 mtpa capacity steel facility in different phases and different modules.

"One has to calculate the amount of raw materials and water requirement for each phase," the official pointed out.

Delay in MoU renewal due to different reasons has created suspicion among people who would be affected by the mega steel project, said former minister and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout.

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