Two representatives from each party will give scope for divergent views: Chandrasekhar Rao

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday decided to boycott a meeting of eight recognised parties called by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in Delhi on January 6 to discuss the report of the Srikrishna Committee on the issue of Statehood to Telangana.

TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a letter to Mr. Chidambaram rejecting the invitation as every party was asked to send two representatives each, giving scope for expression of “divergent views” in support of both Telangana and the coastal Andhra districts.

The BJP, on the other hand, said it had never recognised the Srikrishna Committee nor given its suggestions to the panel when they were sought.

Instead of going to New Delhi, the TRS and the BJP decided to participate in a major dharna under the aegis of the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) here on January 6. The dharna will sound the bugle for the formation of the Telangana State, JAC chairman M. Kodandaram said.

Releasing the letter written to Mr. Chidambaram at a press conference, Mr. Rao took exception to the manner in which the meeting was convened by the Union Home Minister, as it encouraged two views.

Mr. Rao blamed the Central government for the “unethical” practice of instigating the parties to present different views by inviting two representatives each.