Telangana report: TRS men not to resign, for now

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Telangana report: TRS men not to resign, for now

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Hyderabad:  The MLAs of the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TR) have postponed their decision to resign over the Srikrishna Committee report on Telangana.

The decision comes a day after party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) asked all his partymen to resign from their posts immediately, calling the report a "betrayal".

KCR lambasted the UPA government over the report saying: "The Centre has betrayed us once again." He convened an emergency meeting of the TRS politburo on Friday to discuss the terms of reference of the Srikrishna Committee and chalk out a future course of action.

Meanwhile, the high-level committee on the emotive Telangana issue headed by Justice B N Srikrishna held its first meeting in New Delhi on Saturday to finalise a roadmap to proceed on the separate statehood issue even as seven students who tried to hold a protest outside the venue of the meeting were detained.

The students, including some girls, were detained outside Vigyan Bhavan when they tried to hold a protest. There was a huge police presence outside the meeting venue.

The committee, constituted by the Centre on February 3 nearly two months after it announced that it will initiate steps for the formation of a separate state of Telangana, met here and is understood to have decided on its strategy.

The five-member committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge Srikrishna has been given time till the end of this year to submit its report.

The seven-point terms of reference, announced by the Centre on Friday, has mandated the committee to "examine the situation in the state of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of united Andhra."

The committee includes Ranbir Singh, Abusaleh Shariff, Ravinder Kaur and former Home Secretary Vinod K Duggal as member-secretary.

The panel will hold wide-ranging consultations with political parties, civil socities and other outfits on the
Telangana issue, which has divided almost all the political parties in Andhra Pradesh on regional lines.

The meeting also took place against the backdrop of a day-long bandh in the Telangana region called by the Osmania University's Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) in protest against the terms of reference of the committee.


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