The Telugu Desam, Majlis and YSR Congress have rejected the Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram’s statement in Parliament that the ruling Congress and the Opposition parties should spell out their stand on Telangana so that an all-party meet can be organised to decide the bifurcation issue.
Stating that there was no need for fresh consensus on the issue, the three Opposition parties have said that in was up to the Centre now. “The Congress is ruling. Whenever they face any problems they want to pass it on to the Opposition. There is no need to arrive at a fresh consensus on Telangana. Let the Centre take a decision based on the Srikrishna Committee report. We have decided not to attend all party conferences convened by Mr Chidambaram on Telangana. Whatever we conveyed is final,” said the TD chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Sunday.
Though Majlis chief and Hyderabad MP, Mr Asaduddin Owaisi, was not available for comments on the issue, a senior functionary of the party told this newspaper that it was for the Centre to take a decision based on the options given by the Justice Srikrishna Committee and it should not pass the buck on to others. “We have already given our opinion on the issue. We want the state to continue as united AP; if at all it needs to be bifurcated, Hyderabad should continue as an integral part and capital of the Telangana state,” he said.
The YSR Congress spokesperson, Mr Ambati Rambabu, termed Mr Chidambaram’s statement as reopening the whole issue just to confuse the people. “First of all we were never party to the decisions taken before. Ours is a new party. We said that the Centre should decide on the issue as per the statutes.” Deccan Chronicle