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Srikrishna Panel throws up middle path scenario on Telangana

Published & Updated as on - 2010-05-23

The Srikrishna Committee on Wednesday left both the advocates of Telangana as well as its opponents puzzled by stating that the panel can end up not recommending the division of the state or endorsing the United Andhra principle but can come up with a middle path.

And what precisely this middle path could be, it preferred not to spell. You will have to wait till December 31,2010, or January 1,2011, committee chairman Justice B N Srikrishna told the media. The committee has been given time till the end of the year to submit its report.

Srikrishna said: There is a strong section which feels Telangana should be carved out of the present state and another section that the state should not be bifurcated.

We may choose one of them or even come up with a middle path if possible. Committee member secretary V K Duggal in a bid to cap any controversy that could result from the chairman’s statements said that a solution was being arrived at and that it was too early to say what it could be. The chairman merely said it could go this way or the other and that there can be other possibilities as well.

There is nothing like Buddhas middle path. There is a middle path, a path to the left and a path to the right. What is in the best interests of the people will be done at the appropriate time, he said in a response that left everybody confused.

According to analysts, the Srikrishna panel is veering around to considering a solution that may advocate greater and unique powers for the Telangana region without creating a new state. It can be on the lines of Gorkhaland that is being worked out in West Bengal.

Telangana can have complete executive, legislative and judicial authority and still remain within Andhra Pradesh. This could be the thinking among the panel members, said an analyst. Source: TOI 13/5/10

Srikrishna heads five-member committee on Telangana issue

NEW DELHI: Nearly a month after holding consultations with eight recognised political parties on the Telangana issue, the government on Wednesday constituted a five-member committee “to hold wide-ranging consultations with all sections of the people and all political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh.”

The committee will be headed by the former Supreme Court judge, Justice B.N. Srikrishna.

The other members of the committee are: Professor (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi; Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Delhi; Dr. (Ms.) Ravinder Kaur, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi; and Vinod K. Duggal, former Home Secretary, who will also function as its Member-Secretary. Mr. Duggal is also a member of the Justice Punchhi Commission on Centre-State relations.

The terms of reference were being drafted and would be finalised in consultation with the chairman of the committee and announced shortly, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai told reporters.

The brief official statement, announcing the constitution of the committee, laid stress on holding wide-ranging consultations with all parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh, but did not mention Telangana. It said the committee was being set up pursuant to the “statements made on December 9, 2009 and December 23, 2009 and the meeting with the eight recognised political parties of Andhra Pradesh on January 5, 2010.”

At the January 5 meeting, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said its agenda was to “deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations” on the Telangana issue. On the time frame, he had said it would be a “reasonable” one. The meeting with the political parties had favoured further discussions “within a reasonable time frame” on the issues that had arisen out of the recent agitations in Andhra Pradesh for and against the creation of a separate State of Telangana.

Source : The Hindu 04/02/2010

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