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Pawar changes stand after Jagan meets him

Eyeing to gain support of political parties to stop bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday met union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar but failed to secure any concrete assurance about the NCP supremo’s backing.

Pawar, whose party had supported the creation of Telangana long back, however, said Jagan’s demand for taking state legislature into confidence and amending Article 3 of the Constitution for carving out a separate state were ‘important issues’ and that he would discuss these at a meeting of the party.

‘NCP took a decision nine years ago to support the idea of Telangana. Jagan Reddy is aware of our stand. But he has raised two major issues. One, for any decision about the bifurcation of any state, the state legislative assembly has to be taken into confidence.

‘His suggestion is that the Centre should not take any decision by bypassing the State legislature. The second issue, which he has raised, is that Article 3 of the Constitution. Time has come to give (it) a second thought,’ Pawar told reporters after the meeting.
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