The MP from Hyderabad is understood to have conveyed his party's strong opposition to the idea of Hyderabad as union territory or a permanent capital of Telangana and Seemandhra.

The meeting assumed significance in the wake of intensified consultations by the Congress party to find a way to take forward its July 30 decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

In view of the continuing protests and strike by government employees in Seemandhra, a section of leaders are demanding union territory status to Hyderabad. The party, which is a key political force in Hyderabad with seven assembly seats and one Lok Sabha member, is strongly opposed to the demand.

Addressing a public meeting in Hyderabad on August 16, Asaduddin Owaisi had warned the Centre of massive protest if it made Hyderabad a union territory or a permanent joint capital of two states.


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