Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reviewed the political and security situation in Andhra Pradesh with his senior cabinet colleagues ahead of the submission of the Srikrishna committee report on Telangana statehood.
The five-member panel is due to submit its report to home minister P Chidambaram before its term expires on December 31. The report will suggest “several options with their pros and cons”.
The issue is an emotional one, with protesters pitching for a separate Telangana or a united Andhra Pradesh.
Singh conferred with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, defence minister AK Antony, Chidambaram and law minister M Veerappa Moily besides senior government officials, sources said.
The discussions reportedly covered the implications and fallout of the statehood demand, both in Andhra as well in other states where similar demands can crop up if Telangana is conceded.
The Srikrishna panel has appealed for peace. Chidambaram briefed the meeting about the steps being taken by his ministry, including deployment of central paramilitary forces.