No change in party's stand for a united State: Raghavulu

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary B. V. Raghavulu has asked the Centre to act upon the Srikrishna Committee Report immediately and said that any further delay in taking a decision will sink the Congress in the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday after a meeting of the party's State secretariat, he said the delay in the name of talks would not resolve the situation.

The Congress must spell out its decision at least in the all-party meet convened by the Union Home Minister later this month, he suggested.

Mr. Raghavulu said there was no change in the CPI (M) stand on the Telangana issue. The party would prefer the sixth option suggested by the committee for a united Andhra Pradesh with certain Constitutional and statutory measures for the development of Telangana. On the allegation levelled by some leaders that the Committee members had been unduly influenced by leaders from ‘Seemandhra', he sought to know why didn't they say it before the report was submitted.

Report criticised

On the objectivity of the report Mr. Raghavulu said though some issues were disputable it was broadly acceptable and the statistical errors, if any, could only be attributed to the State government which furnished them. Sociological analysis of the State in the report was not acceptable completely. The report also lacked sectoral focus as it did not reflect their aspirations and the ways to fulfil them.

The CPI (M) leader said his party welcomed the draft Bill to protect the interests of tenant farmers and suggested changes to give them more benefit.

Along with suggestion the party's suggestions on the budget proposals, a delegation would meet Chief Minister and Finance Minister soon on the changes in tenant farmers' Bill.