Cong says T-report objective, to adopt wait-and-watch policy

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 06, 2011 15:03 hrs

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday said it will adopt a wait-and-watch policy on Justice Srikrishna Committee report on the issue of Telangana noting that various options have been given and "we can not shut our eyes to them."

"The report is open, transparent and very objective. They have given a lot of options. We cannot shut our eyes on that. It is for the parties concerned to deliberate on that," said Union Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is also the in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Senior party leaders, who declined to be identified, said that the party would not be in a hurry to give its views on the matter and would await the reaction to the report of the committee and the outcome of the second meeting of political parties being convened by the Centre.

They felt that certain parties boycotted the first meet in order to avoid taking a stand on the contentious issue.

Moily expressed confidence that the parties which boycotted Thursday's meeting will attend the next meeting.

The full text of the Telangana report

Parties like TRS, TDP and BJP had boycotted the meeting convened by Home Minister P Chidambaram.

"In the light of the report, they (parties who boycotted the meeting) may really change their mind and come for the second meeting. They will also realise that in parliamentary democracy participation is important," Moily told reporters here. He was speaking to the media at the AICC headquarters after attending a meeting of party general secretaries.

When asked about the reactions from Congress MPs and MLAs from Telangana Region to the report, Moily said: "We do agree that sentiments are very high on this issue. That's why we appointed this committee under the chairmanship of Justice Srikrishna. He has given his report. Now everyone should go through the report. That is why the home minister has called a meeting again. We will discuss the matter there."

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Moily said that leaders of various political parties who were invited for the meeting, had been given copies of the report, and Home Minister has told them "we will meet again after you go through the report."

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