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Srikrishna report: 'Secret' note to keep Telangana issue under check

india Updated: Mar 25, 2011 02:50 IST

The Justice Srikrishna Committee report has recommended in a "secret" supplementary note steps the Centre should take to keep the Telangana statehood issue under check in Andhra Pradesh.

The supplementary note remained a "secret" till Wednesday before Justice L Narasimha Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court made it public through his judgement on a writ petition filed by former MP M Narayan Reddy.

The secret supplementary note contained a "political management" plan recommended by the Committee to the Union Home Ministry.

"There is a need for ensuring unity among the leaders of the ruling party in the state. There is also a need for providing strong and firm political leadership and placement of representatives of Telangana in key positions, may be CM/Deputy CM (Since done. This aspect was discussed with FM & HM in September, 2010)," the secret note says.

This, of course, did not happen as the Committee presumed while submitting its report to the Centre. Though the Congress promised in December last to appoint a Telangana leader as Deputy Chief Minister, it is yet to be fulfilled because of internal differences within the party.

The judge, in his verdict yesterday, pointed to this, observing, "At a time when the Committee was giving final touches to its report, a new Chief Minister was sworn in with some changes in the Cabinet.

"There was a serious speculation and talk that a legislator from Telangana is going to be made the Deputy Chief Minister, so much so, his name was also announced from Delhi. The Committee appears to have proceeded as though the said legislator was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister."

The secret supplementary note reads: "Action also needs to be initiated for softening the TRS to the extent possible, especially in the context of the fact that TRS has threatened to launch a civil disobedience movement after December 31 and also initiate a 'Maha Yuddham' (a massive war) if the Centre does not announce a separate Telangana.

"Gaddar’s TPF (Telangana Praja Front) who had parted company with TRS have again joined hands with TRS. Inputs indicate that this agitation can be tackled if Congress leaders do not give an impression indicating any covert/overt support to it.

"Hence the Congress MPs/MLAs need to be taken into confidence and asked not to lend any form of support to the agitation. The Congress high command must sensitise its own MPs and MLAs and educate them about the wisdom for arriving at an acceptable and workable solution. With the ruling party and main opposition party (for Telangana demand) being brought on the same page, the support mechanisms have a higher probability of becoming successful."