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Says it is their call to back either of the demands or explore an alternative

Point of view of groups within party important, not the number of representations

Crucial part of our work would be made public on December 31 or January 1: Duggal

HYDERABAD: Justice B.N. Srikrishna, chairman of committee for consultations on the situation in Andhra Pradesh, has categorically said that the committee would strictly go by the points of view expressed by different groups in each political party rather than the number of representations submitted by them.

“There is a strong section within a political party that says it (formation of separate Telangana) should be done and another section that is against it. It is our call to chose either of them or explore a ‘middle path' if possible,” he said. Justice Srikrishna spoke to reporters after concluding the three-day consultations with political parties and mass organisations that commenced on Monday.

Responding to queries on how the committee planned to consider three separate representations submitted by Telugu Desam Party leaders, he said: “Forget about the political party, it is the point of view advocated by these groups that is important. Whether the TDP submits three representations, Congress four or Praja Rajyam five, it doesn't matter much to us”.

Queried whether the panel was asking political parties to evolve a consensus among their rank and file, he said the political parties had been asked to come together and ‘not create problems for us'. But, they had their own philosophy and method of functioning. “The parties may have differences which we cannot resolve”. The committee was not here to advise political parties but to feel the pulse of the people.

Asked to elaborate on the `middle path' mentioned by Justice Srikrishna, committee member secretary V.K. Duggal said it was too early to comment on the issue as “we are still in early days”. To a query, he said the crucial part of the committee's work would be known to the people on December 31 or January 1.

The committee would again visit the State for three days from May 17 to 19 when it would interact with a few sections “that have a strong voice” like the NGOs, Joint Action Committees of students.