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Telangana: Parties Expect Chidambaram To Announce Committee

PTI 30 Jan 2010, 22:41:56 PM IST

As the news of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's proposed press conference in Delhi on Monday came out, political activity in Andhra Pradesh has picked up.
All parties, including Congress and TDP, expect Chidambaram to announce formation of a committee on Telangana. 

Telangana Congress leaders, who met in the party legislature office in the State Assembly today, chalked out strategies to adopt once the Home Minister officially announces a committee to study Telangana issue. 

The Telangana Congress leaders expressed their displeasure over the criticism being meted out to the party by some Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders. The party had reportedly threatened it would walk out of the JAC and continue activity on their way. Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Srikrishna's name is doing rounds in the political corridor as the head of the proposed committee. 

While Congress party welcomes the formation of the committee, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is opposing the formation a committee tooth and nail, said the Home Minister's move is a delaying tactic. 

JAC Convener Kodanadaram said today that though the deadline to put pressure on government for accepting the resignations of 129 MLAs has been extended by a week, agitations will continue. Justice Srikrishna, earlier headed the committee that looked into Mumbai riots in 1992. He submitted his report to Maharashtra Government in 1998.

Telugu Desam leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions said that they are opposing the formation the committee. Senior party leaders Devineni Umamaheswar Rao, Dhulipala Narendra and K E Prabhakar said that the Congress party did not have any authority or right to appoint a committee that would decide the fate of the state. 

Congress MP L Rajagopal, in a meeting, at Guntur said that no one can divide 'Telugu Nela' (Land of Telugus) and snatch away Hyderabad. Meanwhile, CPI(M) state secretary B Raghavulu expressed hope that the situation may improve with the proposed committee. PTI