Telangana protests still manageable: Kiran
Sandwitched between conflicting demands on the issue of a separate Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday treaded cautiously and said pro-statehood agitation has not yet crossed the "limit of lawlessness".
"The Srikrishna Committee report has come. The Congress high command is doing an exercise of interaction with the MPs of the two regions...I think the process is going on....once this process of interaction is over... I think we will know what the Congress high command does...let them decide," he told reporters in New Delhi.
Reacting to questions on the ongoing agitaion for a separate Telangana state, Reddy said "democratically whatever they are allowed to do, we are not going to come in the way of that. They can protest according to democratic rights they have got." "These demonstrations and other things are going on...and they have not crossed any limit of lawlessness....(If) It is within the limit, the government does not mind," he said.
Reddy had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday for the first time after the release of the Justice Srikrishna Committee Report on the issue of Telangana.
The Committee had given six options including keeping Andhra Pradesh united, with Constitutional powers to the Telangana region and carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
The Chief Minister also met Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Amid conflicting demands, the Congress high command is treading with caution on the issue. Party MPs from Telangana have asked the government to bring a bill for Telangana in the upcoming budget session of Parliament.
On January 12 this year, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee held a meeting with a group of 14 party MPs from Telangana in which the members had made it clear that there was no alternative to a separate state.
The top party leadership has now indicated that an all party meeting on the issue is likely to held in the first week of February. Indication to this effect was given after the Congress top brass, including the Prime Minister and Party chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated on the issue at the party's core group meeting.
IKEA, the Swedish-founded, Dutch-headquartered multinational conglomerate, saw huge crowds in Bengaluru and a bumper weekend. This was also the fist weekend since the firm - that sells and designs ready-to-assemble furniture - opened the Karnataka capital's first store for the public. This happens to be the fourth store, however, for India - other stores are in Hyderabad, Navi Mumbai and Worli. Expectedly, the firm said it was "overwhelmed".
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said his government has prepared a plan to promote natural farming on 50,000 acres of land. He said that farmers having land below 2.5 acres will be provided 50% subsidy for buying indigenous cows if they voluntarily adopt natural farming. Haryana agriculture minister JP Dalal said that 700 agriculture development officers will be recruited soon to provide better assistance to the farmers.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday launched state narcotics control bureau's 'Mission Drug Free Haryana' on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking. He said that to keep youths away from drugs, 1,100 sport nurseries will be set up in the state and Haryana will soon emerge as a sports hub of the country with 1,000 coaches and yoga teachers.
One person was killed and Sandeep Kumar's mother got injured in an accident that led to a pileup in Fatehabad on Sunday, said police. The accident took place when Sandeep Kumar along with his mother Maya Devi was going to Fatehabad.
Reiterating its demand to revoke Agnipath scheme, the Congress on Sunday said the new recruitment policy was yet another ill-conceived disruption by the Centre that will create new problems for India's national security. “This government acts first, and then starts thinking. Many amendments have already been made in the last few days, but the youth of the country are demanding its complete rollback,” said Ranjeet Ranjan, Congress' Rajya Sabha MP, in a news conference here.