Centre, Parliament to decide on Telangana: Panel

The final decision on the Telangana issue has to be taken by Parliament and the Centre, and the committee headed by him would help the government in making up its mind, Justice BN Srikrishna, Chairman of the panel, said on Friday.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 21:55 PM IST

Hyderabad: The final decision on the
Telangana issue has to be taken by Parliament and the Centre,
and the committee headed by him would help the government in
making up its mind, Justice B N Srikrishna, Chairman of the
panel, said on Friday.

"Now, what happens is in the hands of Parliament
ultimately, which means the Central Government will have to
take a view on the matter. But the view of the local people is
a big factor which needs to be considered," he told reporters
here.
When asked about Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
statement in Parliament yesterday that the solution lies not
in Delhi but in Andhra Pradesh, he said, "Frankly, I have not
read the statement, but if the statement is what you are
saying, I assume, he does not want to get into a controversy
when a committee is looking at it and finally is going to
advise the government.

"Now, sitting in Delhi, how are they going to assess
it? They won`t be able to assess. Therefore, they say these
four gentlemen and one lady (all panel members) will go and
tell what is the local view, consensus view and tell us what
do you think of the whole thing," he said.

Srikrishna said the mission of the panel is to help
the Government take a decision on the contentious issue.

"...Parliament is to decide. Andhra Assembly or Andhra
Government cannot decide. Ultimately, what is to be done,
needs to be done by Parliament. To help the Central Government
make up its mind, all this exercise is going on," he said.
The committee has so far received a whopping 1,30,000
representations, which included well-researched documents to
simple postcards, Srikrishna said.

"More than 1,30,000 representations have been made.
Some of them are well-argued, well-documented research papers.
Some are just postcards playing emotional appeal like we want
Telangana. Nothing specific except we want Telangana."

The multi-member panel would not discard any
representation, including postcards, and all of them will be
considered, he said.

Abu Saleh Sharif, a member of the committee, said the
representations constitute the property of the Central
Government and that all of them would be preserved.

The committee members were speaking to reporters after
the end of a two-day visit to the Andhra Pradesh capital.

During the visit, the panel members had meetings with
intellectuals, writers and other groups from different regions
of the state.

Srikrishna, a retired Supreme Court judge, said the
discussions were fruitful and the work of the committee is
going on in "full speed".

The committee will have separate meetings with the
region-wise groups in ruling Congress, main Opposition Telugu
Desam and also Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen (AIMIM), among others, next week.

PTI