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Committee on Telangana a farce: Venkaiah

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BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu
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BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu

Describing as “farce” the Justice Srikrishna Committee set up by the Centre to resolve the Telangana issue, senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that it does not serve any purpose and was a waste of public money.

“The Committee has no any statutory sanctity. It is a farce and is a sheer waste of time and resources, and a futile exercise,” Mr. Naidu told reporters here.

Questioning the Congress, which returned to power in the state in 2004, on its Telangana promise, Mr. Naidu asked, “What happened to the earlier committee -- headed by Pranab Mukherjee --Constituted to look into the demand for Telangana state?.”

“Committees can’t decide the future of the state and there should be a political solution to this burning issue,” he said.

When asked whether BJP would extend support to the Committee, scheduled to visit next month to hold consultations with various parties and organisations on the issue, the senior leader shot back saying “what purpose would it serve?”

Mr. Naidu said his party’s stand is very clear and it is in favour of separate statehood for Telangana region and wanted to know whether the Centre will actually implement the recommendations of the Committee.

The UPA Government has constituted a five-member Committee led by Justice B. N. Srikrishna to examine demand for a separate state of Telangana and as well as the demand to keep Andhra Pradesh united.

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