Decide to exert pressure on Centre to move the Bill in budget session
Hours after the Srikrishna Committee report was made public, 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 the Parliament.
Once it became clear that the Committee favoured a united AP, 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 for over an hour. They are said to have expressed disappointment at the recommendations.
The meeting was attended by Ponnam Prabhakar, Gutha Sukhender Reddy, S. Rajaiah, Suresh Shetkar, Manda Jagannath, G.Vivekananda and S. Rajagopal Reddy (all Lok Sabha members) and Nandi Yellaiah and M.A.Khan (both Rajya Sabha).
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 the MPs made it very clear to the Union Minister that they would not remain quiet as the aspirations of the people of the region has been belied. Mr. Prabhakar, who is Convenor of Andhra Pradesh Congress MP's Forum, said the report was just not acceptable to them. “As MPs we continuously raised the issue and now the responsibility of taking it forward lies with Mr. Jaipal Reddy,” he said.
‘We are outraged'
“We are outraged and reject the six recommendations,” 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 for the panel to give suggestions that are hard to implement,” S. Rajaiah said.
Kavuri hosts lunch
Some MPs hinted that they would use the option of resigning if the Bill on statehood was not introduced in the budget session.
Separately, K. S. Rao, MP, who represented the Andhra/Rayalaseema region at the all-party meeting hosted lunch for Members of Parliament from the region. Union Minister M. M. Pallam Raju, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Anantha Venkatrami Reddy and Lagadapati Rajagopal were present though none spoke to the media.
DS meets Sonia
APCC chief D.Srinivas, who is camping in New Delhi, met Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi while Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy returned to Hyderabad after meeting Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.