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Congress divided ahead of panel report

Special Correspondent

Telangana leaders see the Srikrishna report as foundation for statehood for region


Seemandhra leaders hope it would give some finality to the contentious issue

Yaskhi calls for unity if report goes against interests of Telangana


HYDERABAD: Ahead of the Justice Srikrishna Committee submitting the much awaited report on the situation in Andhra Pradesh, Congress leaders from the three regions expressed scepticism on the content of the final report.

While those from the Telangana region were confident that the report would lay the foundation for conceding the long-pending demand of statehood for the region, those from Andhra and Rayalaseema felt that it would give some sort of finality to the contentious issue.

Telangana Congress leaders viewed the review meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday as a significant step towards the fulfilment of the UPA Government's commitment to create a separate State.

Former Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy said there were a lot of expectations from the committee as people were hopeful that it would give its report based on its visits to the rural areas.

“The neglect and backwardness was quite visible during their visit. The committee will definitely recommend a lasting solution,” he said.

Nizamabad MP Madhu Yaskhi said if the report goes against the interests of Telangana, leaders from all political parties should unitedly fight for statehood to pressure the Centre to concede the demand.

Sentiment factor

The AP Congress Committee spokesperson B. Kamalakar Rao pointed out that the committee would certainly take into account the strong sentiment prevailing in the region for separate Telangana.

However, Deputy Leader of Congress Legislature Party Paladugu Venkata Rao said the report would not be finality on statehood.

“The report will not be vague but scientific. I am sure it will not contain political statements,” he observed. Minister for Primary Education S. Sailajanath told reporters in Vijayawada that the committee's report would bring out the facts. He hoped that the report would prove that there was no backwardness in Telangana, compared to some areas in other regions.

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