TRS not to attend meeting called by Chidambaram on Telangana

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decided not to attend the meeting of political parties convened by Home Minister P Chidambaram on January 6 to discuss the Srikrishna Committee report on statehood issue.

According to TRS sources it has written to the Home Minister saying the all-party meeting on Thursday will be meaningless if political parties come with a divided view. The party will not attend the meeting unless the MHA makes it clear that all political parties will have one view.

Justice B N Srikrishna had handed over his report to the government on December 30, ten months after he was appointed head of a special committee to talk to different political parties and "all sections of society." (Read: Telangana report will show the way forward, says Duggal)

After receiving the report, the Home Minister said he will consult with the eight major political parties of Andhra Pradesh on January 6 before the report is made public. Chidambaram appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to help maintain peace. (Watch: Chidambaram on Telangana report)

Earlier this week, Justice Srikrishna, a former Supreme Court judge, had said that he believes his report offers "a permanent solution" to the divisive Telangana debate. He said it is up to the Centre to decide what happens next.  But sources say that the report offers four options, and lists pros and cons for each, along with how resources like water would be affected. The committee has not indicated which solution it favours. It evaluates a united Andhra Pradesh, an autonomous state of Telangana, and the trifurcation of the state into Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema. The document reflects the strong emotional support for Telangana that the five-member committee encountered as it toured Andhra Pradesh.(Watch - Srikrishna Committee's Andhra formula: Sources)

The issue of a Telangana state saw violent and daily protests earlier in the year. In December 2009, Home Minister P Chidambaram announced that the process would begin for creating a new state.

The Centre had been advised by parties in Andhra Pradesh that they supported the Telangana cause. However, Chidambaram's announcement resulted in a massive backlash, forcing those same parties to reverse their support. In Andhra Pradesh, politicians from non-Telangana regions threatened to resign if the state was split. The Centre then set up the Srikrishna Committee to travel to all districts of Andhra Pradesh to gauge what people really want.