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No consensus, no Telangana now: Chidambaram

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Dec 23, 2009 at 10:36pm IST

New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday said it wants to consider “all views” on the demand for a separate Telangana state and “peace and tranquility should be maintained” in Andhra Pradesh.

"At a meeting of all political parties convened by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on December 7, 2009 a consensus emerged on the question of the formation of a separate state of Telangana. A statement was made on the behalf of the Central Government on December 9, 2009 on receipt of the minutes of the meeting. However, after the statement situation in Andhra Pradesh has altered. A large number of political parties are divided on the issue.

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"There is a need to hold wide ranging consultations with all political parties and groups in the state. Government of India will take steps to involve of concerned in the process," Home Minister P Chidambaram said at a short statement in New Delhi on Wednesday.

This statement has effectively put the demand for a separate Telangana state in abeyance.

“Centre wants to take all views before coming to a decision. Peace and tranquility should be maintained,” Chidambaram said at the press conference.

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