NEW DELHI, Aug 12 – In a bid to break the impasse over the spate of demands for creation of new States, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday began the process of consultations with the Central leadership, calling on Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to apprise him of the ground situation.
The Chief Minister, who arrived here last evening, met the Prime Minister at his Parliament House Office this morning and remained closeted with him for about 20 minutes.
Later, Gogoi told this newspaper that he briefed the Prime Minister on the prevailing situation in the State and the demands being raised by various groups for creation of separate States in the aftermath of the decision to create Telangana. The Prime Minister had also met separate delegations of the BPF, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council and Dimasa Hills Autonomous Council, last week.
“The Prime Minister patiently heard me out and advised me to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. But since he is indisposed, it was suggested that I meet Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, who is handling the issue now,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister, meanwhile, is likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He had a quick word with Gandhi at the Central Hall of the Parliament.
Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting with Home Secretary Anil Goswami and Joint Secretary (North-east) Shambhu Singh at Assam Bhavan. The meeting was also attended by Commissioner Finance, Himangshu Shekhar Das and Gogoi’s Principal Secretary Jhisnu Barua.
Talking to newsmen, the Union Home Secretary said that the State Government has made few suggestions, which would be examined by the Ministry before being placed before the Union Home Minister for consideration.