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‘UPA govt committed to formation of Telangana’

In the all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, a consensus emerged among political parties on extending the Winter session- which will have only 12 working days- after a week-long break on 20 December.

Though the Telangana Bill does not figure in the government's agenda for the session, several parties have demanded that it be passed in this session. Our government is committed to the formation of Telangana and it will be our effort to make full use of due process of law to ensure that Telangana does come about,’ Singh told reporters.

He was replying to a question on whether the government will bring the Telangana Bill in the Winter session beginning on Thursday. Government assured parties in a meeting on Monday that it will endeavour to expedite the bill by passing it in the cabinet and sending it to the president for his assent.

With the government listing a heavy legislative agenda comprising 38 bills for passage and the other parties demanding discussions on key issues, all leaders agreed that the session should be extended. ‘There is unanimity among parties for extending Parliament session concluding on 20 December after a one-week break,’ leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj said. Kamal Nath said a decision will be taken after consulting Rajya Sabha members as well as MPs from the northeast and the South.

Meanwhile, the GoM, set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday could not finalise its report and the draft bill on Telangana and decided to meet again on Wednesday before submitting them to the union cabinet.

Amid demands that the bill to create a separate Telangana should be brought in the Winter session of Parliament, prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said his government is committed to the formation of the new state.

Unhappy TRS chief Rao calls bandh on 5 December

Hyderabad: K Chandrasekhar Rao, the chief of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), has called for a bandh on Thursday following the centre’s reported move to merge the proposed Telangana and some districts from the Rayalseema region. Rao said he was not happy with the purported move and that the TRS will start an agitation if the same was approved.

As per Rao, sources have confirmed that a GoM on the matter will recommend Rayala Telangana, a move reportedly cleared by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh. The TRS chief said they will never never accept Rayala Telangana.Congress leaders have said that the proposed Rayala Telangana will include 12 districts.
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