Cong Core Group Finalizes Committee On Telangana
Top brass of Congress, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi, was tonight understood to have finalized the composition of a committee to look into the mechanism for formation of Telangana and the panel is expected to be named next week.
The party Core Group held deliberations on the Telangana issue against the backdrop of the fresh deadline of February 7 set by Joint Action Committee spearheading the movement for the separate state for action on formation of the state.
Party sources said former Supreme Court judge B N Srikrishna is likely to head the committee to be announced next week by Home Minister P Chidambaram to look into the mechanism for formation of Telangana. Names of other members of the Committee were nearly final, sources said. The meeting was also attended by Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is Congress in-charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh.
The JAC had earlier set January 29 as the deadline for announcement of the Centre's action on Telangana formation but extended the same today. Justice Srikrishna had probed the Mumbai riots of 1993 which broke out in the wake of Babri Masjid demolition. PTI