Pro-Telangana outfits reject Srikrishna solutions

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 06, 2011 21:21 hrs

Hyderabad: Pro-Telangana outfits in Andhra Pradesh have rejected the Srikrishna Committee report and have started chalking out their future course of action.

The report of the five-member committee that examined the issues pertaining to the current demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as for keeping the state united was released by home minister, P Chidambaram, in the forenoon of Thursday.

While the joint action committee (JAC) of Osmania University gave a call for Telangana bandh on Friday in protest against the report, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is spearheading the movement for a separate statehood for the region, appealed to the people to continue their agitation.

TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao ridiculed that the "report can be interpreted in anyway. We could think that it is in our favour and they (those who want to maintain status quo) can think it is in their favour."

"We will not accept anything short of a Telangana state," Rao asserted at a dharna organised by the party and other pro-Telangana organisations soon after the report was made public.

According to Rao, his interest in the report was confined to the portion that talked about "reverting to the 1956 position." To put in context, prior to 1956, before the formation of AP, Hyderabad state comprised the Telangana region.

He appealed to the Prime Minister not to deter, "don't dillydally on the commitment given on December 9." On December 9, 2009, while Rao was on an indefinite fast, the Centre had announced that the "process of forming the state of Telangana will be initiated."

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Telangana Forum convenor N Janaradhana Reddy said the "report is of no use." He wanted introduction of the Bill for bifurcation of the state in the ensuing Budget session of Parliament.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been maintaining that it would extend its support if a Bill for the creation of Telangana state was introduced in Parliament, said it was time for the ruling Congress to take a "political decision" on the issue.

TRS, TDP and BJP had boycotted the all-party meeting held by Chidambaram in the national capital to hand over the committee report.

Rejecting the report, revolutionary balladeer and Telangana Praja Front leader Gaddar said it should be "thrown into a dustbin." The leaders of various other organisations involved in the ongoing separate Telangana agitation also said the solutions offered by the committee were not acceptable.

State secretary of Communist Party of India K Narayana said the report created more confusion rather than providing a solution to the burning issue. CPI has extended its support to the creation of Telangana state, while CPI (Marxist) is against bifurcation of AP.

Meanwhile, the state government has deployed police in large numbers across Telangana and other parts of the state as a precautionary measure.


The full text of the Telangana report

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