The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday expressed deep concern over the situation in Andhra Pradesh and accused the Congress and the Union government of “thoroughly mishandling” the Telangana issue, resulting in rise of tension and conflicts.

In a statement, the party Polit Bureau said it was the responsibility of the Congress to work for the restoration of normality. “Though the Central government announced that it would undertake a process of consultations with all political parties and civil society, the modalities for this is not announced so far.”

The Centre, it said, must begin this process immediately in order to restore peace in the State. The party also reiterated its position that the linguistic basis for the organisation of the States should not be disturbed as this would lead to innumerable demands across the country, given our vast diversity. The linguistic re-organisation of States constituted the bedrock of India’s federal policy and that should not be disturbed.

On reports that the Centre was contemplating a second States Re-organisation Commission, the party said this was unnecessary. The Polit Bureau also condemned the ‘wanton destruction’ of properties and attacks on political leaders in the State. It appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh, all political parties and civil society to exercise the utmost restraint and work together for restoring normality.