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Telangana report in 3 days, no stand on cards

Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 28, 2010
First Published: 23:55 IST(28/12/2010) | Last Updated: 01:54 IST(29/12/2010)

Three days before the submission of report on Telangana, efforts are on to minimise tension and damage in Andhra Pradesh.

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The Justice Srikrishna Committee formed in February 2010 to examine demand of Telangana, on Tuesday made it clear that its report would be submitted on time — December 31.

“I never crossed the time limit. We will make sure the report is submitted before end of 31 December,” Justice BN Srikrishna, chairman, said at a ‘Thanks-giving occasion for support from political parties, NGOs and the media’.

Hinting that the report would not take a clear stand on Telangana and instead detail various options, the committee members appealed to political leaders and students not to resort to agitation, violence.

“We spoke to leaders of various parties and regions and they assured peace. We hope that would be the case,” Dr Ravinder Kaur, member and Professor at IIT Delhi said.

This is even as the committee maintained that their ‘not voluminous but large enough report’ would give maximum sense of satisfaction to a large number of people in the state.

“The report is totally unbiased and thoroughly professional,” member secretary V K Duggal said. The panel on Tuesday issued half page ads in all major newspapers explaining the terms of reference and comprehensive work.

“We assume the report can provide permanent solution. But it is for the government to take call,” Justice Srikrishna, who probed 1993 Bombay riots said. “What the consequences would be after the report is the million-dollar question.”

Fifty companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed — maximum in Telangana. On Tuesday, relenting to pressure from Telangana Congress MPs the state government announced withdrawal of cases against students involved in agitation.

The December 2009 decision to form Telangana was preceded and followed by violence in the state. The government does not want a repeat of the protests, protracted agitation in the state.


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