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Telangana issue: Srikrishna panel asks parties to explore alternatives

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Justice B.N. Srikrishna

HYDERABAD: The Committee for Consultations on the situation in Andhra Pradesh headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna is impressing upon political parties and mass organisations to explore alternatives to end the stalemate over the separate Telangana issue.

The committee, it is learnt, is asking members to elaborate on other aspects pertaining to Telangana rather than highlighting the perceived injustice in irrigation and employment sectors. During its interaction with the Telangana region representatives of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Tuesday, the committee put searching questions seeking their response to MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi's assertion that communal tensions would escalate if separate Telangana was formed. Sources said Mr. Justice Srikrishna had also questioned the TDP leaders as to why the party did not try to address the concerns during its almost two-decade long tenure in office. The TDP leaders, however, refused to comment when asked about the questions raised by the committee. Senior leaders including K. Vijayarama Rao, T. Devender Goud, Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Ramesh Rathod, E. Dayakar Rao, Kadiam Srihari, K. Harishwar Reddy and Uma Madhava Reddy met the committee.

Clarifications sought

Mr. Vijayarama Rao said the committee sought clarifications on the development front and “we have made it clear that a separate Telangana is the only solution to serve the interests of people of the two regions.” He said the delegation made a power- point presentation on the ‘injustice' done to the region since its merger with Andhra.

The situation was ripe for bifurcation and the Centre could invoke provisions under Article 3 and pass a bill in Parliament.

The Centre had collected sufficient material before making the announcement on December 9 after being satisfied that the condition was favourable for formation of separate State. “The situation hasn't changed much in the past five months,” he said.

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