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Sonia holds Telangana meeting

New Delhi, Feb. 4: Andhra chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today met Sonia Gandhi and senior Congress leaders to discuss Telangana and the roadmap for the state that has become a source of worry for the leadership.

Reddy and Congress leaders refused to divulge details.

Reddy held separate meetings with the party’s Andhra in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora and Digivjaya Singh.

He also called on President Pranab Mukherjee, who used to handle the Telangana problem before he moved to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The meeting was termed a courtesy call.

The Congress has formally said it is not opposed to the creation of a Telangana. Today’s meetings are being seen as the final rounds of discussions before a decision is announced. State party chief B. Satyanarayana has also been called to Delhi.

Karat letter

Prakash Karat today took up the cause of bulk diesel-users, such as the railway, in a letter to the Prime Minister and urged the government to reconsider its decision to charge market rates from them.

The CPM general secretary said the change would plunge state transporters into financial crisis. “All this is going to badly affect the common people who use public transportation,” he wrote.