Sonia asks PM to grant special status to Seemandhara

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special-status-to-SeemandhaNew Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant special category status to Seemandhra after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, according to sources.

She has demanded special status for the period of 5 years of the new state where massive protests have been going on against Telangana.

A day after the Lok Sabha passed the Telangana Bill, the Congress on Wednesday hinted at a possible alliance or merger with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) party.

“All reasonable options are open” is what a Congress leader is reported to have said about possibilities of alliance with or merger of TRS.

Sonia is seen by many as the person who pushed for Andhra Pradesh Reorgnaisation Bill (Telangana Bill). However, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has called it a political move.

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The move comes after Manmohan Singh along with other Congress leaders Sushil Kumar Shinde, Jairam Ramesh and Ahmed Patel met Opposition leaders Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu. The Bharatiya Janata Party had on Tuesday demanded special package for Seemandhra.

The Congress, which is already facing a tough time in its one-time bastion Seemandhra region, is now in damage control mode.

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Meanwhile, Congress has also indicated that it may approach TRS in Telangana for an alliance in a run to assembly election. “All reasonable options are open,” said Congress.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kiran Kumar Reddy quit on as the Andhra Chief Minister. He also resigned from the Congress party and called the decision of bifurcating Andhra as unconstitutional and undemocratic.