No Telangana state in 2010

No Telangana state in 2010

Srikrishna committee given time till December to look into statehood issue

No Telangana state in 2010

This was clear as the Union Home ministry released during the day the time-frame and terms of reference (ToR) for the five-member Justice Srikrishna committee that was constituted by the Centre on February 3 to look into the Telangana issue.

The panel is given time till December 31 to complete the job and submit its report.
Virtually beating the retreat on its December 9 statement on starting the process for carving out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, the  terms of reference require the panel to examine not just the demand for the separate statehood but also the demand by people from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of the state against the split. The terms of reference announcement in Delhi triggered instant reactions in the state on expected lines.

Resignation move

Pro-Telangana parties and groups took to the streets to protest against the “betrayal” by the Centre. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) announced that all its 13 elected representatives would resign from the state Assembly on Saturday.

The all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convened an emergency meeting to chart out its future course of action.

The Osmania University students JAC, which spearheaded an agitation last month, called for a Telangana bandh on Saturday.

However, a proposal by pro-Telangana parties to create a constitutional crisis in the state over the issue may not materialise as the ruling Congress legislators from the Telangana region appeared reluctant to join others from the region in an enmasse resignation from the Assembly.

State Congress president D Srinivas, who hails from the Telangana region, said his party MLAs would not resign as it would not solve the problem but could necessitate President’s rule in the state.

On the other hand, political leaders from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions who have been opposed to the state’s bifurcation were happy and welcomed the ToR which they felt favoured their point of view.

According to a press statement from the home ministry, ToR includes examination of the situation in Andhra Pradesh with reference to the demand for a separate State of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh.

This reference, according to the pro-Telangana agitators, has gone against their demand for a separate state of Telangana.

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