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Updated: July 6, 2011 17:57 IST

Consultations on over Telangana issue: Chidambaram

Vinay Kumar
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Police fire tear gas shells at protesters during a two-day strike demanding the creation of a new state of Telangana, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Though the situation is tense, Home Minister P. Chidambaram today ruled out suggestions of imposition of President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh.
PTI Police fire tear gas shells at protesters during a two-day strike demanding the creation of a new state of Telangana, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Though the situation is tense, Home Minister P. Chidambaram today ruled out suggestions of imposition of President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh.

Even as near-total bandh for creation of separate state of Telangana has hit normal life and over a 100 MLAs, MPs from different political parties have tendered their resignations, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the consultation process was still continuing.

Ruling out imposition of President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Minister said: ``The status as of today is consultation process is still continuing. No decision has been taken yet. We are not thinking of President's Rule. We hope that the process of consultations will show us the path to reach a conclusion.’’

Mr. Chidambaram was replying to questions of journalists at a press conference here after releasing Home Ministry’s monthly report card for June.

Expressing his unhappiness over resignations of MPs and MLAs from Telangana region, including those from the Congress, he said the Centre would engage them in talks. He pointed out that the Congress general Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh was already having discussions with party MLAs and MPs.

Admitting that there was an apprehension that law and order problems could arise due to the bandh in the State, he said the Centre has provided Central armed police forces to Andhra Pradesh to deal with the situation. ``But I hope there will not be a breakdown of law and order,’’ he added.

He told journalists that Andhra Pradesh Direction General of Police Dinesh Reddy, who had recently taken over and was in the Capital for a meeting of the police chiefs of States hit by Left Wing extremism, had made a courtesy call on him.

While stressing that the Centre understood the provocation for an agitation, Mr. Chidambaram appealed to everyone and expressed the hope that even those who participate in agitation would not take it on a path that would lead to a breakdown of law and order.

The more the merrier. I think the best solution will be to make each district a separate state. That will be good because the there will as many chief ministers, ministers etc. All districts will become prosperous.

from:  ST
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011 at 04:49 IST

Of course the consultations are on,and so they will be for the next 18 months and so on.Programmers call this an infinite loop.

from:  Benjamin D.
Posted on: Jul 6, 2011 at 21:19 IST

It is definitely a good idea to have smaller states. The argument that Telangana is backward and that only coastal folks have improved Hyderabad is moot, because in the long run, (20 years from now), each state has to fend for itself. And if the coastal folks have really helped Hyderabad selflessly, I am sure they will develop Vizag or Vijayawada also soon, if they are not already developed. Telangana was cheated, not by outsiders, but by insiders. It is Congress's strategy to always play North India vs South India, Telangana vs Coastal vs Rayalseema etc. If Telangana is a separate state (though they will be poor for considerable future), they will either become responsible or atleast have no excuse to blame others in some years. Smaller states always lead to prosperous states.

from:  Sri
Posted on: Jul 6, 2011 at 19:53 IST
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