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Hyderabad: 'Telangana jago, Andhra walon bhago' a slogan coined last year by K Chandrashekar Rao had given jitters to those from coastal Andhra Pradesh. This time round, however, the tone is relatively mellow.
As the Srikrishna Committee report is to be made public, people are talking about a peaceful parting of ways. A tiffin centre in Mulkanoor town of Karimnagar has recently got a new name. For years, it was called 'Eenadu' which means 'our land'. It has now become 'Telangana' - a reflection of the public mood in these areas, of reaffirming their distinct identity.
"Take Hyderabad as an example, wherever you look, you can see people from Andhra. They settled in wherever they found fertile land. We are not asking anyone to leave but we want our share and our quota in jobs," said Padala Gautam, Sarpanch, Mulkanoor.
The overriding sentiment everywhere is of being denied due opportunity, of being dominated in every sphere by those from coastal Andhra Pradesh.
In Warangal, Kakatiya University has been the ground zero of the agitation for a separate Telangana state, which is not surprising given how the Telangana struggle has been linked to the aspiration of the educated youth.
Students who have been at the forefront of the agitation, clarify that it is not a Us-versus-Them battle. They have understood that making enemies won't help their cause.
"We are fighting for our opportunities, not to stop their opportunities. Our movement is not against the people from Seemandhra staying here but against the investors, politicians who are suppressing our people," said Rajesh, Kakatiya University student.
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday urged representatives of political parties in Andhra Pradesh to read the Telangana report and the recommendations with an open mind.
During the meeting with eight recognized political parties in Andhra Pradesh, Chidambaram said: "I would urged you to read the report and the recommendations with an open mind and be prepared to persuade, and to be persuaded by, people who hold another point of view."
Handing over copies of the report to leaders of political parties, Chidambaram said: "It is Government's sincere hope that the report will generate an informed and mature debate."
Recalling the discussions on January 5 last year, which he said had showed the way forward -- that findings, study, analysis, options and recommendations, Chidambaram said its is the government's hope that the discussions today will also show the way forward.
"I am sure that besides political parties, people of Andhra Pradesh -- both individuals and groups -- would also make valuable suggestions that will show the way forward," he added.
"You will note that I have repeatedly used the phrase 'way forward' today in order to reiterate government's intentions to find just, honourable and praticable solutions that has the widest measure of support among all stakeholders," he said.
Referring to the joint appeal made by the January 5 meeting to people of Andhra Pradesh to maintain peace and calm, Chidambaram said: "It had a salutary effect."
"It is necessary that peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the state. I would request you to join me at the end of this meeting to make an appeal similar to the appeal we made last year," he added.
Regretting the boycott of the meeting by TRS, TDP and BJP, Chidambaram said: "I deeply regret the stand taken by them. It does scant justice to the valuable work done by Justice Srikrishna Committee. Nevertheless, I propose to send a copy of the report to parties who have chosen to stay away."
Chidambaram further said it was natural that the parties would require some time to read the report and hold consultations within their organisations.
"Hence, if all of you agree, I suggest that we meet again on a convenient date later this month," he said, adding that I shall now request each political party present to give its views on how we should proceed further in the matter.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Congress leaders K S Rao, Uttam Kumar Reddy, CPI (M) state secretary D V Raghavalu and party leader J Ranga, PRP leader C Ramachandraiah, Akrabdduin Owaisi and Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri of MIM, K Narayana and G Malesh of CPI attended the meeting.
The report favours a united Andhra but also recommends several options to divide the state into Rayala-Telangana and Seemandhra or coastal Andhra.
The committee recommends Hyderabad, the main issue of contention, for Union Territory status. One of the options suggests that Hyderabad can be made the capital of Rayala-Telangana section of Andhra while the other Seemandhra can develop its own capital in due course of time.
Yet another option states that Hyderabad can be shared by both the states while they develop their individual capitals in due course.
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday urged representatives of political parties in Andhra Pradesh to read the Telangana report and the
The Telangana region consists 10 northern districts of Andhra Pradesh including Warangal, Adilabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak and Hyderabad.
Srikrishna Committee Report or Srikrishna Committee Telangana report will be out shortly today on Jan 6, 2011. Until then Telangana report presents multiple solutions for Hyderabad, which has been recommended by the Srikrishna
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