Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has demanded the Central government to take into account positive recommendations of Srikrishna Committee on Telangana and treat them as grounds for creation of a separate State.
Addressing a dharna organised by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) near Indira Park here on Thursday, Mr. Rao warned that the Centre would not be allowed to pick up selective portions of the report in a bid to stall separate Telangana. The supporters of Telangana will not agree for anything short of separate Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital, he added.
The TRS chief, who addressed an enthusiastic crowd shortly after the committee report was made public, said one of the options suggested by the panel was reverting back to pre-1956 situation when Hyderabad was a State. “We want Telangana in the same form without an inch of land in excess or deficit.”
He criticised the report as a document in total disarray and said it was drafted in a way which could be interpreted for or against Telangana. The TRS rejected outright one of the options about treating Hyderabad as a Union Territory. Similarly, the TRS would not accept the proposal to constitute regional boards to keep the State intact. Such boards and other measures like the six-point formula had failed in the past.
Nonetheless, Mr. Rao said the committee without making it explicit admitted that the experiment of integrated State did not work. It had conceded backwardness in the region. He appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to test the patience of people in the region anymore and introduce Bill on Statehood in the budget session of Parliament. He warned Congress MPs and MLAs to prepare for resignations if the Bill was not introduced. JAC chairman M. Kodandaram said the report of Srikrishna Committee was not acceptable. Telangana ideologue K. Jayashankar said there was no alternative but to launch a struggle.