State should consider emotions of people:Reddy

Addressing the National Integration Council here, Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy dwelled on issue of `civil disturbances`.

New Delhi: With the Telangana agitation obviously weighing on his mind, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday said the state should take into consideration the emotions of the people as well as the long term repercussions" of any political decision contemplated.

Addressing the National Integration Council here, Reddy dwelled on issue of `civil disturbances` and said the state must always be vigilant in handling such situations.

"Sometimes when the emotions of all sections of people in a particular state or region are high, disturbing peace and tranquility, it is the responsibility of the Government to tackle it delicately and restore balance.

"Such a situation normally demands a two-dimensional approach - political and administrative," he told the gathering, without referring to the Telangana issue.

The Telangana statehood has been a major issue in Andhra
Pradesh ever since the Centre announced the formation of a
separate state in December 2009 and called for further
consultations on the issue after protests erupted in rest of
the state.

"While arriving at any political decision, the state
should take into consideration the emotions of the people as
well as the long-term repercussions of the decision
contemplated.

"Civil disturbances with an emotional component cannot be
tackled as mere law and order problem. The state needs to take
a larger view," Reddy said and called for restraint among
political parties and other leaders on such situations.

With respect to civil disturbances with an "emotional
baggage", Reddy said the police should play a "responsible
role" while the political solution is being worked out by the
Government.

PTI

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