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‘Onus of taking decision is on Centre'

Ravi Reddy
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Centre has behaved irresponsibly by giving six recommendations, says K. Narayana

Raging issue: Representatives of various political parties from AP after attending a meeting with Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the Telangana issue in New Delhi on Thursday. — PTI Photo
Raging issue: Representatives of various political parties from AP after attending a meeting with Home Minister P. Chidambaram on the Telangana issue in New Delhi on Thursday. — PTI Photo

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (CPI) have said that the onus of taking a decision on separate Telangana lies with the Centre in wake of the Justice Srikrishna Committee report being made public.

Speaking to reporters after emerging from the meeting convened by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday here, CPI (M) State general secretary B. V. Raghavulu said five political parties attended the meeting, where the voluminous report and the summary of the panel's recommendations were circulated.

Maintaining peace

“In the wake of the report, which has given six suggestions, it is very clear that the Centre has to take a final decision. If the Centre continues to delay a decision, the next meeting will not make any sense. Maintaining peace is the topmost priority of the State government and every step should be taken to maintain law and order,” Mr. Raghavulu said.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana lashed out at the Centre stating that it had behaved ‘irresponsibly' by giving six recommendations. “The Home Minister handed over the over 600-page report and wanted us to give reactions in an hour, which is not possible,” he pointed out.

He said why a decision on Telangana could not be taken when the Centre and the State government were ruled by the Congress. “Only political parties can take a decision on the issue and not the committees or commissions that are appointed by the Union government,” he observed.

Praja Rajyam representative C. Ramachandraiah hailed the report stating that the stand taken by his party had been vindicated. “The report is exhaustive and comprehensive as the panel came up with suggestions only after touring the State. Our stand in favour of united Andhra Pradesh has been upheld by it,” he reasoned.

MIM representatives Akbaruddin Owaisi and Pasha Quadri did not speak to the media after the meeting.


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