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Seemandhra Cong leaders wary of new T committee

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The Congress party leaders from Seemandhra region are treading a cautious path while reacting to the statement of UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, that a government committee would be constituted on the contentious issue of separate Telangana.

To remain silent till there is clarity over the role of the new panel

Hyderabad: The Congress party leaders from Seemandhra region are treading a cautious path while reacting to the statement of UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, that a government committee would be constituted on the contentious issue of separate Telangana.

They feel that any kind of over enthusiastic statements claiming that the Centre had decided to put the issue on hold could boomerang against them. Speaking to media on Sunday, Minister S Sailajanath and Gade Venkat Reddy said that they would not react unless the Centre makes it clear as to what would be the role of the proposed committee, its terms of reference and what exactly it would look into.

It is not clear if the committee was meant to re-examine the issue of bifurcation or just to hear the grievances and offer some solutions on sharing of water, power and revenue. The TDP leader G Muddu Krishnama Naidu said that the proposed committee, its terms of reference etc should be announced before the cabinet note was circulated.

Reiterating that nothing short of unified Andhra would be acceptable to them, Sailajanath said that the Seemandhra Congress leaders would continue their fight against bifurcation in all possible ways. He also condemned the attack on the APNGOs on Sunday by some Telangana advocates. He said people from all regions should show restraint and should not indulge in personal attacks.

The people of Seemandhra and Telangana have constitutional right to protest in a democratic manner but not to resort to personal attacks. Meanwhile, Ministers for Panchayatraj Jana Reddy and Information Technology Ponnala Lakshmaiah felt that the committee hinted at by Sonia Gandhi was meant to address the issues being raised by the Seemandhra people and find an amicable solution to the problem.

While Lakshmaiah felt that it would just be the Group of Ministers committee, Jana Reddy said it could be even another committee and added that there was no question of Centre going back on its decision. He expressed hope that the process of division would be completed soon and elections to the two States would be held in 2014.

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