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TRS Chief Meets PM

PTI 10 Jan 2010, 21:16:28 IST

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday  met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pushing for early steps by the Centre for formation of a separate Telangana state. 

Sources said the prime minister impressed upon Rao the need for maintaining peace and normalcy with other regions of Andhra Pradesh--coastal Andhra and Rayalseema--before the Centre could think of next steps. 

Rao is understood to have told the prime minister that even if the Centre wants to carry forward discussions it should be done by Home Minister P Chidambaram himself and not by any Committee. 

The TRS chief is said to be opposed to constitution of any mechanism to hold deliberations on Telangana as is being speculated. 

Rao did not speak to reporters after meeting Singh--his first after the Centre initiated the process of talks with recognised political parties on the Telangana issue. 

Rao, who is expected to leave for Hyderabad tomorrow, will brief the members of the Joint Action Committee(JAC) of political parties on Tuesday. 

On January 6, he had also met Chidambaram on the Telangana issue and described it as "satisfactory". 

Rao, who is spearheading the movement for the separate state, had also described the all party meeting convened here on January 5 as "a pleasant meeting and satisfactory."The meeting had however ended in a stalemate. 

The all party meeting was attended by eight registered political parties in Andhra Pradesh -- Congress, TDP, TRS, Praja Rajyam, CPI(M), CPI, BJP and MIM. PTI