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PM hold consultations with colleagues on Telangana issue

New Delhi: With the Justice B N Srikrishna committee set to submit its report on Telangana on Friday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today discussed the sensitive issue with top ministers and senior officials.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily besides senior PMO officials, sources said.

The meeting assumes significance as the five-member committee led by Justice Srikrishna is likely to give its report on Friday suggesting “several options with their pros and cons” on the statehood issue.

Justice Srikrishna, a former Supreme Court judge, has expressed hope the report will bring out a permanent solution to the issue relating to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The Committee was constituted by the Centre on February 3 to look into the demands for the creation of a separate state as well as keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

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