PM holds review meet; Telangana report on Thursday
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 23:51
New Delhi: With Telangana statehood committee expected to submit its report on Thursday, Prime Minister Mamnohan Singh on Wednesday discussed with senior cabinet colleagues the situation that may emerge in the polarised Andhra Pradesh and the steps to deal with it.

The meeting deliberated on various scenarios expected after the submission of the report by the five-member Justice Srikrishna Committee which may or may not recommend carving out of Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh, sources said.

The possibility of violence breaking out in either case was also discussed at the meeting which was attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily besides senior government officials, they said.

After submission of the report, the government is expected to come out with a statement, saying that while it is committed to separate Telangana statehood, the "objections or problems" needed to be resolved through consultations and dialogue with people from all regions of Andhra Pradesh before the process of state formation could be taken forward, they said.

The statement is expected to appeal to all sections to allow consultations and dialogue to take place in a friendly and peaceful manner, the sources said.

The committee, which was constituted on February 3 and went into the demand for Telangana state, is expected to submit its report to Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday, a day before its term expires.

It will suggest "several options with their pros and cons" on the statehood issue.

The Committee was constituted by the Centre on February 3 to look into the demands for the creation of a separate state as well as keeping Andhra Pradesh united.

Chidambaram is understood to have briefed the meeting about the steps being taken by the Home Ministry, including sending 5,000 central paramilitary force personnel and keeping some more in standby to be deployed in case of any emergency situation.

The Central government is treading cautiously on the issue considering its sensitive nature and thinks that any action or statement may lead to tension and unnecessary trouble and have to be careful, sources said.

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni met Chidambaram and discussed the advisory issued by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) asking news channels to be "sensitive" while covering the release of the Srikrishna Committee report.


First Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 23:51

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