The committee, headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna, which went into the demands of a “Separate Telangana” and a “United Andhra Pradesh,” has made it clear that it gave its recommendations to the Centre purely on the basis of the Terms of Reference (ToR) assigned to it.
Referring to the reports, quoting Health Minister and Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad blaming the committee for not giving any concrete solution to the imbroglio, high-level sources in the Justice Srikrishna Committee told The Hindu, “Just read the ToR. We were only asked to give optimal solution and nothing was asked from us in black and white.”
The committee examined various issues and suggested six solutions to the government and there was no deviation from ToR at any point, the sources added. It was for the government to decide and take a political decision on the issue, they said.
Meanwhile, Congress Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao asked Mr. Azad to clarify his statement made in Beijing as it had created a lot of controversies. He also took a dig at the leaders of Seemandhra for objecting to the formation of Telangana and wanted to know what they were doing when Telangana was promised in the election manifesto in 2004 and in the common minimum programme of the United Progressive Alliance-I regime. There was no question of going back on the Telangana demand, Mr. Rao said, adding that “let us separate as brothers.”
VIVEKANAND FLAYS AZAD
Congress Peddapally Lok Sabha member G. Vivekanand criticised Mr. Azad for belittling the movement of Congress leaders in Telangana who were agitating for the separate State. Mr. Azad was not interested in the development of the Congress in Telangana. “Such a statement from the senior Congress leader is not to our liking.”
The Congress leaders from Telangana were only working to strengthen the party in the region and they were afraid that what happened to the Congress in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka would be repeated in Telangana too if leaders such as Mr. Azad continue to make such a statement. Hindu