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T-note: Pallam slams Home Ministry

J. Balaji
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M.M. Pallam Raju
The Hindu M.M. Pallam Raju

‘When the Seemandhra people were expecting a solution from the Antony Committee, the Home Ministry was exactly doing the opposite’

Union Human Resource Development Minister M. M. Pallam Raju has once again expressed his strong displeasure and unhappiness over the goings-on on the Telangana front, particularly the Home Ministry’s decision to prepare the draft of the Cabinet note for the formation of the separate State.

“It shows the wrong handling of the issue and reflects their insensitivity towards the sentiments of Seemandhra people even as the Antony Committee is pursuing various issues raised by the leaders from the non-Telangana regions,” said Mr. Raju, wanting to know why the hurry in preparing the draft note for placing it before the Cabinet.

Talking to The Hindu from Hyderabad on Thursday, the Minister said the move of the Home Ministry was not sending the right message to the people in Andhra Pradesh. When the Seemandhra people were expecting a solution to the vexatious Telangana issue from the Antony Committee, the Home Ministry was exactly doing the opposite by rushing through with the process without waiting for the outcome of the committee’s report, he said.

A long way to go: Moily

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister and member of the Antony Committee, M. Veerappa Moily, told this correspondent that the committee could not meet for the last few days due to indisposition of Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

Asked when the committee would present its report to the party high command, Mr. Moily hinted there was a long way to go as they had only completed meeting the people/leaders. “There are other matters to be sorted out before finalising the report,” he said. Mr. Moily said the “draft note” of the Home Ministry on the T-issue was not on the agenda of the meeting on Friday.

Senior Congress leader P. Sudhakar Reddy has appealed to the party leaders in the Seemandhra region to ensure that the images of party leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others were not maligned or insulted by the people/protesters. He had personally taken up the initiative and had been contacting Seemandhra leaders to prevail upon the people that they should not indulge in violence.

I never liked the word high command. I understand our illiterate politicians are willing boot lick their delhi bosses but they are first elected by the people and as responsible people representatives they could atleast have self respect and respect for people's aspirations and sentiments. What sudhakar reddy was appealing to telugu people is that his bosses can do anything to telugu people yet they should be treated on par with one and only Gandhi ever existed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 13:58 IST

When the Seemandhra people were expecting a solution from the Antony Committee, the Home Ministry was exactly doing the opposite is it not an insult on Seemandhra people centre viewing people just as voting machines is a wild gesture of central government .If theSeemandhra Leaders are genuinely and really concerned for public cause creating a constituitional crisis by mass resignations is the only option to express the anguish over division decision and let the coming new Government decide the fate of division decision by considering the public consensus.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 06:07 IST
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