Home Ministry’s note on CWC resolution on Telangana ‘soon’

Expressing a hope that all issues over creation of Telangana would be resolved soon, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday denied any possibility of imposing President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh in view of the continuing protests, particularly in Seemandhra, against bifurcation of the State.

“As of now there is no question of [imposing] President’s rule…law and order is under control and the Centre is constantly monitoring the situation,” Mr. Shinde told journalists here when asked about continuing street protests and bandhs being organised by supporters of a united Andhra Pradesh.

Following the Congress Working Committee’s resolution for creation of Telangana, the Home Ministry was preparing a note that would “soon” be tabled before the Cabinet for approval, thus formally kick-starting the process of creating the new State, Mr. Shinde said. His remark, earlier this week, that the Cabinet note on Telangana would be ready by month-end evoked sharp reactions from opponents of the new State.

Referring to the opposition of the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress, besides Congress Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other party leaders, to division of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Shinde said: “Since 2009, all parties and other stakeholders had been consulted on the issue and no one, except the Communists, opposed creation of Telangana…At the all-party meeting consensus was reached [on creation of the new State].” He denied reports that the Chief Minister had offered to resign in protest.

Not committing himself on setting up an all-party committee, as demanded by Telangana opponents, to look into controversial issues, Mr. Shinde said the A.K. Antony-headed panel set up by the Congress was holding consultations with various stakeholders. When it gave its recommendations, the government would consider them accordingly.