Home Minister P. Chidambaram appealed to the MLAs, a Rajya Sabha MP and Andhra Pradesh Ministers from the Telangana region to be patient and allow the consultation process on the statehood demand to continue.
Mr. Chidambaram insisted that the December 9, 2009 statement made by him was “not made by an individual but made on behalf of the Government of India“.
As Congress lawmakers from Telangana stepped up pressure by tendering their resignation, the Centre on Monday said it has not taken a final decision on the “extremely sensitive and complex” issue of separate statehood.
His remarks came as 37 MLAs, 16 MLCs and four ministers submitted their resignation to Assembly Deputy Speaker in a bid to pressurise the Centre to take an early decision on the Telangana issue.
Chidambaram said the party would persuade the MPs and MLAs to be patient and allow the consultation process to continue.
The statement had said that the Centre would initiate the process for the formation of a separate Telangana state.
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