Special Correspondent

Party leaders to present their case to P. Chidambaram in New Delhi

Need for widening scope of proposed committee on Telangana stressed

Party MLAs from Telangana meet separately and discuss strategy

HYDERABAD: TDP leaders from Andhra and Rayalaseema have decided to go to New Delhi on February 4 or 5 to confront Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and insist that the committee proposed by the Centre takes their views on the advantages of a unified State.

Addressing the media after a meeting at NTR Bhavan here, the party’s polit bureau member, Kaluva Srinivasulu, said the leaders would impress upon Mr. Chidambaram the need for widening the scope of the committee to discuss similar demands being raised in 12 States and not confine it to Telangana.

Replying to a question, he said leaders from other parties were welcome to join them on their trip to Delhi. Going by the developments in the national capital, barring a few like Mr. Chidambaram who appeared keen on separate Telangana, most of the others, including UPA partners, were against the division of Andhra Pradesh. Even the Congress core committee was against splitting the State and was holding meetings again and again to find alternatives, he contended. In Delhi, the party leaders would meet all those opposing bifurcation of the State.

Apart from the visit to Delhi the meeting decided to line up a series of programmes much like their counterparts in Telangana, Mr. Srinivasulu said. These include meeting Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan on February 2, post card campaign on February 3, setting up kitchens and serving food on National Highways on February 4, staging demonstrations at district collectorates on February 5 and holding a public meeting in Hyderabad on February 7.

Telangana MLAs

On the other hand, party MLAs from Telangana met separately and decided to wait till Mr. Chidambaram’s announcement on the committee before taking the future course of action. Briefing mediapersons later, senior legislator Nagam Janardhan Reddy said they would not accept a committee which was not Telangana-centric and has no timeframe.

Meanwhile, party president N. Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with party legislators to identify the issues to be taken up in the coming budget session.