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UPA panel for further meetings

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Says it has only a `fractured opinion'

NEW DELHI: The United Progressive Alliance Committee on Telangana that met on Thursday felt that the available inputs showed a "fractured opinion'' on the formation of separate State and decided that it required further meetings to take a view.

"What we have is a fractured opinion, both vertically and horizontally, which we have to study. So far, parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Biju Janata Dal and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam have not responded,'' committee member Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told correspondents.

Dr. Singh said that till date the BJP had not responded to the committee that sought the views of all political parties on Telangana. He said: "We have only heard what the BJP has been saying in the media." Asked about the status of Congress response, Dr. Singh said: "Ultimately, it is the party that has to take a decision." He said that the Committee was not planning to submit any interim report.

The meeting was the third round of the UPA Committee, comprising Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Telecommunications Minister Dayanidhi Maran and Rural Development Minister Mr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh.

The committee met even as the Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief and Union Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao put intense pressure on the UPA and the Congress to expedite the report.

The committee was set up towards the end of 2004.

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