Congress seems to be divided over the Telengana issue as the Andhra unit of the party put the ball in the high command's court.
"Some of our members are for the creation of a separate state and some are against it," Andhra Congress president D Sreenivas, MP, told reporters outside Parliament in New Delhi.
When asked about his own view on the issue, he said, "It is a sensitive issue and my party's view is my view."
"We have given our views to the Centre and the party high command. They have to decide," Srinivas said.
The MP also said Congress is seized with the matter and the issue would be sorted out soon.
Taking a dig at the Congress' ambivalent stand, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said all other political parties including Left, TDP, TRS, Praja Rajyam Party and BJP have supported the Telengana state. "If the Bill comes in the House we will all support it."
Asking the centre to take a public stand on the issue, the BJP MP said the matter is a serious one and every section of the society including students, lawyers, political parties have supported it.
"We do not know who is coming in the way of bringing a legislation in support of Telengana," Naidu said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Rosaiah will be visiting New Delhi on Wednesday amid mounting pressure on the Congress to resolve the Telangana issue.
Though for the record, the Chief Minister said his visit to Delhi was primarily to greet AICC chief Sonia Gandhi on her birthday, party sources have said Rosaiah would discuss the Telangana issue with her .With Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao continuing his fast-unto-death for the past ten days and his condition deteriorating day-by-day, pressure is mounting on the Congress to resolve the issue immediately.
Congress is facing criticism that it has so far not spelt out its stand on the statehood demand despite all other parties in the state making their position clear on the contentious issue.
Even the all-party meeting called by the Chief Minister on Monday , at the behest of the party high command, ended inconclusively with the Congress, as usual, maintaining that any decision on the issue was left to the high command.
The Chief Minister, when questioned about the likelihood of moving a resolution in the state Legislature seeking creation of Telangana state, reiterated that they would act only on the instructions on the party high command
Rosaiah would apprise Sonia Gandhi on the prevailing situation in Telangana region following Rao's fast and the violent course the agitation by students was taking, the party sources said.
About 250 TRS workers were arrested on Tuesday across Telangana region as they resorted to violent acts during their agitation for statehood, police said. The agitators damaged or burnt 12 private and public vehicles and properties in various incidents, they said.
Pro-Telangana students damaged two trucks of CRPF and a vehicle of state police in the Osmania University campus here. About 15 TRS activists attacked a public transport vehicle at Ameerpet and set afire a government vehicle at Qutbullapur in the city, police said.
The TRS workers set afire a Panchayat office at Golanukonda in Nalgonda district and hurled stones at Mandal Parishad Development Offices (MPDO) in Warangal and Nalgonda districts, they said. They also set on fire the Sri Ram Sagar Project office at Arepally village in Warangal, besides ransacking furniture at another government office in the district. PTI