On Board Special Aircraft, Nov 12(ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is trying to resolve the separate Telangana state issue in the most amicable way.
Dr. Singh, who was interacting with mediapersons on a flight back to India after a four-day visit to Maldives, however refused to spell out a time-line on the issue.
"Telangana is a complicated matter, and we are trying to evolve a consensus where all shades of public opinion would agree that what is being done is in the interest of each and everyone. We cannot solve the problem of Telangana by agreeing to Telangana being a state while there is unrest in other regions of Andhra Pradesh," Dr. Singh said.
"From frying pan to the fire is not an appropriate solution to national problem. We are still working to find pragmatic practical ways and means so that all stakeholders can be brought to agree to a solution which all would agree," he added.
Pro-Telangana activists have stepped up their efforts for the four-decade-old demand of a separate state, which is sought to be carved out of the economically less developed parts of Andhra Pradesh.
The struggle gathered momentum last year after the UPA government accepted their demand in principle.
Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt in 2009 and 2010, as pro-Telangana activists persisted with their demand. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)