Maintaining that the creation of a separate Telangana state was not included in the UPA’s national agenda, Congress spokesperson PC Chacko on Saturday said that it was unfair to say that UPA did not fulfil the promise. The controversial remarks of Chacko came in response to questions over the delay in creating a separate Telangana State.
The Congress party, for the first time, came out openly saying that creation of separate Telangana State was not in the agenda of UPA.
Chacko, who was enlisting the highlights of the UPA government at the AICC briefing, took a u-turn on the Telangana issue. To a query on separate Telangana state issue, Chacko said, “The issue definitely does not form part of the Common Minimum Programme of the UPA.
It concerns the state government.” So far, the Congress party has been maintaining that it is for the Telangana State and consultations are still going on the sensitive issue of separate State. Even Chacko had said the same thing after the January 28 deadline set by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for a decision on the issue had lapsed.