Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the Justice Srikrishna Committee on Telangana has itself rejected the first three options suggested by it as “non-practicable“.
“The report has listed six options and for each option the committee has given pros and cons. The committee has also given its views. If you read the report carefully, you will find that the Committee itself has rejected the first three options and termed them as non-practicable. It has listed options 4, 5 and 6 and also suggested the way forward,” Mr. Chidambaram said.
The first option is maintaining status quo. The committee said it is of the unanimous view that it would not be a practical approach to simply maintain the status quo in respect of the situation.
On the second option of bifurcation of the state into Seemandhra and Telangana with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and the two states developing their own capitals in due course, the committee said, “There is a definite likelihood of serious backlashes in Telangana region and on overall consideration; it found this option was also not practicable.”
The third option of bifurcation of the state into Rayala-Telangana and Coastal Andhra Regions with Hyderabad being an integral part of Rayala-Telangana, the committee said, “This scenario is not likely to be accepted either by the pro-Telangana or by the pro-United Andhra protagonists.
While this option may have economic justification, the committee believes that this option may not offer a resolution which would be acceptable to people of all three regions,” it says.
Mr. Chidambaram said all political parties, groups and individuals must show adequate respect to the “labours” of the Committee.
Noting that the Committee received splendid cooperation from the people of Andhra Pradesh and political parties, he said, “The report is result of that cooperation.
Therefore, the report deserves to be read carefully and with an open mind. I would urge individuals, groups and parties not to come to instant conclusion. The report deserves to be read carefully“.
Mr. Chidambaram, who had today called for a meeting with all political parties of the state, said even the parties, “which I think regrettably did not attend the meeting today, showing scant respect not to me but to the Committee, I would urge them to read the report.”
He said he hoped the next meeting would be held later this month.