New Delhi:  Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress has been invited for the first time to the crucial all-party meeting on Telangana issue to be held on December 28.

Formal invitations have been sent to eight parties of Andhra Pradesh and their confirmation of participation in the much-awaited meeting taken on telephone.

Those invited for the meeting are Congress, BJP, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, CPI, CPI(M), Telugu Desam Party, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and YSR Congress, official sources said.

This is for the first time that YSR Congress, which has 17 MLAs in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, has been been invited to an all-party meeting on Telangana. Erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party, headed by filmstar-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, has not been invited as it has merged with Congress.

Two earlier meetings of political parties on Telangana issue were held on January 5, 2010 and January 6, 2011. YSR Congress was not formed then.

Jaganmohan is currently in jail in Andhra Pradesh in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case.

The announcement for the all-party meeting was made by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on December 5 on the eve of vote on FDI investment in multi-brand retail.

Though there was a request from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to postpone the meeting as the date clashes with World Telugu Conference, the Centre has decided to hold it as scheduled.

Shinde had said such discussions will continue till a solution is found to the vexed issue.


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