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Violence Will Only Delay Solution To Telangana Issue: Moily

PTI 22 Jan 2010, 9:02:26 AM IST

With fresh violence over Telangana statehood in Andhra Pradesh, the Congress on Thursday indicated if things failed to normalise early, it would delay a solution to the vexed issue.

The party also said a solution to a complex issue like Telangana could not be encapsulated in a timeframe.

"I think there is no need to precipitate things. By precipitating things, you cannot divide a state," Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, said in New Delhi.

He said it was agreed that some mechanism would have to be created.

"It is under serious consideration of the government of India. In fact, everybody was called here. Certain incidents should not ignite and ultimately it will make the entire process delayed," he added.

His remarks came a day after the party appealed for calm and normalcy but refused to say whether any mechanism for creation of Telangana will be announced by January 28, a deadline set by those agitating for the separate state.

"Don't try to encapsulate as important and as intricate a problem like Telangana in a timeframe... In a straightjacket of deadlines," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told journalists adding no "quick fix" or "magic button" solution could be expected on this issue.

Violence had erupted at Osmania University campus in Hyderabad over the police refusal to allow students to stage a march with the body of a youth who committed suicide apparently due to delay in formation of Telangana. PTI