Wednesday, July 6, 2011

telangana state not on cards only regional council

6 July 2011


From R Rajagopalan

NEW DELHI: The Centre is not inclined to split Andhra Pradesh by carving out a separate state of Telangana, but it is veering round to accept Justice Srikrishna Commission's sixth recommendation to give an empowered Regional Council to the Telangana region within the state, a top government source said.

He said the Centre would choose its own timing for the decision instead of buckling under pressure of the mass resignations by ministers, MPs and MLAs. He said it has no other option as those harping on a united Andhra Pradesh have threatened a counter agitation if the Telangana state demand is conceded.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday gave a dressing down to the Congress MPs for sending their resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker without the party's approval and told them to fend for themselves in the resulting by-elections as the Congress will select others to contest on the party's behalf.

He was quite blunt with them that the Centre has to keep the whole picture before it in taking any decision and it just can not shut eyes to the the majority of people from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema opposed to Telangana.

At the AICC Press briefing, party spokesman Manish Tewari said the issue of redrawing the borders is an emotive issue and hence all that he can say is wait and watch as nothing can be done unless there emerges a consensus among leaders from both Telangana region and rest of Andhra Pradesh.

Sources said the government will push for the regional council and then let the people judge whether it gives an impetus to rapid development of the Telangana region to stop craving for a separate state.


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