press trust of india
New Delhi, 4 October
Notwithstanding resignations from Union ministers and intensified protests over the Centre’s approval of Telangana, Congress today put up a brave face declaring there was no question of backtracking on the “sensitive” issue.
Party spokesman Meem Afzal, who was subjected to a volley of questions on the matter, told reporters that the Congress had taken the decision considering all the aspects and with the understanding that there were reservations over it in a section of the party and that it was a “sensitive” issue.
“Whatever are the reservations, we will resolve them within the party,” he said when asked about resignations of some Union ministers from Seemandhra region in protest against the decision.
Mr Afzal replied in the affirmative when a reporter asked whether Rahul Gandhi was on board on the decision on Telangana, apparently with the controversy over the ordinance issue on convicted lawmakers on his mind.
Mr Afzal said he was not aware when asked whether M Pallam Raju who has sent in his resignation as HRD minister will be accommodated at the AICC headquarters as he cannot go to Andhra Pradesh.
“There have been difficulties. We do not backtrack like other parties.”
He said the decision was taken after holding consultations with all political parties including BJP, TDP and YSR Congress.
The Congress spokesman appealed to people from Andhra Pradesh to extend their fullest cooperation and maintain peace and amity so that the decision can be implemented in letter and spirit.