As the worried Congress party and the UPA-II government is struggling to come to a conclusion on the intensified demand for creation of Telangana, former Supreme Court Judge Justice B.N. Srikrishna, who headed a committee and submitted his report to the Centre on the demand, has said: It is for the government to take a political decision. Talking to The Hindu on Saturday from Mumbai, Justice Srikrishna said his job was over once he submitted his report (on December 30, 2010).

“It is for them to take a political decision”. He replied in the negative when asked whether he was again consulted on the issue by the Centre.

Though the committee gave six options to the government as part of its recommendations, it mentioned that its sixth option “stands out as the best way forward” keeping the national perspective in mind.

The sixth option mentions about keeping the State (Andhra Pradesh) united by simultaneously providing certain definite constitutional/statuary measures for socio-economic development and political empowerment of Telangana region-creation of a statutorily-empowered Telangana Regional Council.

“The united Andhra option is being suggested for continuing the development momentum of the three regions and keeping in mind the national perspective. With firm political and administrative management it should be possible to convey conviction to the people that this option would be in the best interest of all and would provide satisfaction to the maximum number of the people in the State.”