"Congress president Sonia Gandhi has constituted a four- member committee to hear the concerns being expressed arising out of the decision to form a new state of Telangana," AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

Following the announcement on Telangana, there have been similar statehood demands in various parts of the country. Besides Antony, Union Minister M Veerappa Moily, who had once been the in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, current AICC in-charge Digvijay Singh and political secretary to Congress president Ahmed Patel are members of the panel.

The decision was announced at a time when the issue is creating problems for government in the Parliament. Seven Union Ministers from the Seemandhra region had met the Congress president on Tuesday night and apprised her of the "sense of deprivation" prevailing in Andhra and Rayalseema regions over the Telangana decision.

During the meeting, Gandhi told them that a committee of senior leaders will be formed, which will look into their grievances. During the meeting, the ministers, including MM Pallam Raju, KS Rao, K Chiranjeevi, JD Seelam, Panabaka Lakshmi, D Purandheswari and Kruparani Killi, are learnt to have raised the demand that Hyderabad should be retained as permanent common capital of two Telugu-speaking states.

Raju had said, "Our people are feeling insecure because of some of the pronouncements made by Telangana leaders and there is feeling of deprivation... We represented those matters. She wanted us to express our opinion to the committee..."


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