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Precipitation of current crisis due to U-turn by some parties in the State, says D. Srinivas

PCC chief faults heavy deployment of police on university campuses

Refutes reports that administration has taken a beating due to the ongoing stir

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committe (APCC) president D. Srinivas has said that a solution acceptable to all the regions in the State would be announced in January by the Central leadership.

Mr. Srinivas, along with Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, participated in the 125th foundation day celebrations of the Indian National Congress at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday. In his address at the celebrations and at an interaction with journalists, the APCC chief referred to the ongoing political crisis in the State in the wake of two statements issued by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the last three weeks.

Police deployment

Asserting that the Home Minister’s December 9 statement announcing initiation of the process of creation of Telangana was important and as far as he was concerned, he did not attach much importance to observations made by other Central leaders.

He told reporters that once the Centre made some specific announcement in January, things would become normal all over the State. Stating that the creation of a new State would take some time, he attributed the present crisis to the U-turn by major political parties in the State.

The APCC president faulted the heavy deployment of police on university campuses across Telangana. He cautioned students against infiltration of anti-social elements into their movement. To a question that he was soft towards the agitation in Telangana, Mr. Srinivas said he was the APCC president for all the regions and not confined to one region. He refuted reports that the administration had taken a beating due to the ongoing stir.

‘No confusion’

Later, former Chief Minister N. Janardhana Reddy, former Minister J. C. Diwakar Reddy and K. Jana Reddy and Minister for Secondary Education D. Manikya Vara Prasad met the APCC president separately. Sources said these leaders opined that there was no difference in the two statements issued by Mr. Chidambaram.

They felt that it was better to clarify to the students that two statements did not give any indication that Telangana would be kept on the backburner.