Consensus is the key for T issue, says CM
Reiterating That Deadlines Are Of No Use, YSR Says Cong Sincerely Trying For a Solution
A day after stressing the need to steer clear the people of regional conflicts generated by regional imbalances, chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday reiterated his united Andhra Pradesh stand by saying that the issue could not be solved by setting of deadlines.
Addressing the media here after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC general secretary M Veerappa Moily, the CM said the Congress party was making sincere efforts to achieve consensus among all the stakeholders and parties on the issue. “We are talking to everyone and want to take every stakeholder into confidence with a view to find a permanent solution to the Telangana problem,” Rajasekhara Reddy said.
Since the Congress could not come to power on its own in 2004, it could not honour the poll promise of setting up of Second States Reorganization Commission (SSRC), he said. The UPA government favoured evolving a consensus rather than taking recourse to SSRC. The process of evolving consensus among all parties had begun in right earnest, the CM said. Reddy said the political parties and some organizations have differing views on Telangana issue and cited the view of MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi as an example. “MIM and other several Muslim organizations have earlier met the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to inform that no decision should be taken on Telangana with out taking them into confidence,” he said.
Taking potshots at the TDP for changing tack on the Telangana issue for electoral gains, he said the people were watching keenly all the movements of political parties. Earlier, the CM met fertilizers minister Ram Vilas Paswan and minister of state for environment A Raghupathy to discuss the issues like mid-day meals, fertilizer problem and forest clearance for the Polavaram project.
Mega air show in Hyderabad from today
Boeing to deliver 110 aircraft to Air India and Jet Airways
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to open event
Begumpet airport to be show’s permanent venue
Even as the stage is set for inauguration of the four-day mega air show ‘India Aviation-2008’ on Wednesday, the Begumpet airport has been chosen as the permanent venue for biennial event.
Several more aircraft landed here on Tuesday, including Boeing-777 300 ER, which will be handed over to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy after inauguration of the show by Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel. Air India’s new acquisition, Airbus 319, will also be inducted into its fleet soon after it lands here from Hamburg on Wednesday.
Expressing happiness at the response from leading global aviation players for the event, the Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation, Arun Mishra, said that over 200 exhibitors from leading aviation and allied industries, including Airbus, Boeing, EADS, ATR, Bombardier, BEL, Cessna Aircraft Company would showcase their products.
Apart from a 30-minute-long flypast by IAF aircraft, the first day will also witness the opening of a theme pavilion on ‘History of Indian Civil Aviation.’ Rare photographs and models of aircraft used by Air India 75 years ago would be on display. A highlight of the show will be the arrival of Airbus A 380 on October 16.
While the exposition will be open only to business visitors on the first three days, either by invitation or tickets priced at Rs. 500 each, it would be thrown open to the public on the final day (October 18) on payment of an entry fee of Rs. 150.
The tickets are available at various branches of Andhra Bank and the venue.
The organisers have said that due to security reasons, children below 18 would not be allowed on the first three days. All people, irrespective of age, will be permitted to visit on October 18.
Around 12,000 business visitors are expected to attend the event on the first three days and 25,000 to 30,000 on the final day.
Meanwhile, Boeing has said it will deliver 110 aircraft to Air India and Jet Airways in the next five years.
Dinesh A. Keskar, senior vice-president, (sales, commercial aircraft) announced this soon after the arrival of the long haul Boeing 777 300 ER.
Mr. Keskar said that the total order booked from India was worth Rs. 1,500 crore.
On the decline in the number of passengers, he said that there might be a 10 per cent decrease globally.
Stating that rising fuel costs were responsible for it, he, however, expressed the hope that there would not be further decrease.
MIM slammed for opposing separate Telangana
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K.Chandrasekhar Rao has lashed out at Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi for telling the National Integration Council meeting on Monday that Muslims were not in favour of a separate Telangana.
Addressing party workers from Jagtial, Cheriyal and Mancherial at the valedictory of a two-day training programme, Mr. Rao lashed out at the MIM for thinking that ‘the entire Muslim community was his own’. The TRS supremo also accused Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the Congress of playing vote-bank politics to the hilt and said this was taking ‘appeasement’ too far.
“Whether anyone accepts it or not, the issue of Telangana has become too vital or any political party to keep mum. Even the Telugu Desam, which was for an integrated State for far too long has changed its stance and is now talking of the need for creation of a separate Telangana”, Mr. Rao said.
Mr. Rao criticised Congress leaders, especially MLAs, MPs and others who were elected because the TRS sailed with the Congress in 2004 for finding fault with the TRS now and dared them to contest against it in the general elections and win.