Sources said that BJP asked the government to put its own house in order and address the concerns of the Seemandhra region while cautioning it not to pass the bill amid din and without a discussion. Shinde was accompanied by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh during the meeting that took place in Parliament House here.

The senior UPA ministers met BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and M Venkaiah Naidu during the meeting that lasted around 40 minutes.
    
They told the BJP leaders that some issues have already been dealt with in the bill and that they will get back on the amendments the government proposed to bring.
    
"We are for Telangana but the concerns of the Seemandhra region must also be addressed simultaneously and Congress should first put its own house in order," Naidu said regarding what he conveyed to the ministers during the meeting.

“We told Congress to create a proper atmosphere for passage of the bill. We also asked Congress not to pass the bill amid the din as proper discussion is required before the bifurcation of a state and creation of a new state," Naidu said.
    
"We conveyed our strong protest to Shinde on the manner in which the bill was brought and also about selective suspension of members," he added.

(Agencies)

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