Hours after the voluminous Justice Srikrishna Committee report was made public by the Centre on Thursday, Congress MPs from Telangana slammed the recommendations and vowed to build up pressure on the Centre and .the party to introduce a Bill on Telangana in the budget session of Parliament.
At least eight MPs from the region rushed to the office of Union Minister for Urban Development S. Jaipal Reddy and were closeted with him.
Despite the high command's diktat that no Congress MPs should air their views in public, the Telangana MPs openly denounced the report.It is understood that they made it very clear to the Union Minister that they would not keep quiet as the aspirations of the people of the region had been belied.
Convenor of the AP Congress MPs' Forum and Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar said the report was just not acceptable.
“As MPs we continuously raised the issue and now the responsibility of taking it forward lies with Mr. Jaipal Reddy, who should work for fulfilment of the aspirations of the Telangana people,” Mr. Prabhakar said.
“We are completely outraged and strongly oppose and reject the six recommendations,” Peddapalli MP G. Vivekananda said pointing out that certain suggestions and issues that did not form part of the Terms of References had been touched upon by the panel. We have been consistently demanding a separate State of Telangana and it makes no sense on the part of the panel to give suggestions that are hard to be implemented,” he said.
“There is no workable solution from the committee recommendations,” Warangal MP Sircilla Rajaiah said.
However, some MPs hinted that they would not keep quiet and hinted that some of them may even use the option of quitting their seats if the Bill on statehood was not introduced in the budget session.
Even as the dejected Telangana MPs came out of Mr. Jaipal Reddy's office, Eluru MP K. S. Rao, who represented the Andhra/Rayalaseema at the all-party meeting, hosted a lunch for the region's MPs. Union Minister M.M.Pallam Raju, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Anantha Venkatrami Reddy and Lagadapati Rajagopal were present. None of them spoke to the media.
In a related development, APCC president D.Srinivas, who was camping in Delhi for the past two days, met the party chief Sonia Gandhi. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy left for Hyderabad after meeting Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.