ANDHRA PRADESH

‘SRC or a judicial panel only way out of T-turmoil’

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Minister for Endowments, Stamps and Registrations Gade Venkata Reddy has favoured the setting up of Second State Reorganisation Commission (SRC) or a judicial commission with a `time-bound’ programme as the only way out of the imbroglio over bifurcation of the State.

The terms of reference in the commission should include political stability of the State, economic development and Maoist influence, he told mediapersons here on Monday.

Mr. Venkata Reddy, who proclaims himself as a staunch integrationist, also appealed to the Central Government to make the judicial commission as pluralistic as possible by taking in along the opinions of all sections, political parties and all the three regions of the State.

He also urged the Government to release a white paper on the comparative development that had been witnessed in the last 60 years in the three regions of Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana to address the concerns raised by pro-Telangana activists and leaders over lack of development in Telangana.

A survey commissioned by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy just before polls in 2009, revealed that 80-90 per cent in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema region favoured a Unified state while 50-60 per cent in Telangana favoured a separate state, he said.

But things changed dramatically after the statement made by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on December 9 that the process of forming Telangana would be initiated, the Minister said.

A popular surge in coastal and Rayalaseema regions reflected people’s concerns over economic development, political instability and the law and order, he said.

Stressing the strong connection the people had with Hyderabad, the Minister said that even Dr. Ambedkar had foreseen the tremendous potential of the city when he said that Hyderabad could become the second capital of the country after New Delhi.

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