Legislature committee on Telangana to be reconstituted

June 10th, 2009 - 7:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, June 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Wednesday announced that the legislature committee to look into the demand for separate statehood to Telangana would be reconstituted soon and urged all parties including the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) to participate in it.
He told the newly elected assembly that the committee constituted earlier this year and comprising both houses of legislature would be reconstituted.

The TRS, which is fighting for a separate Telangana state, and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which is backing the demand, had refused to be part of the committee, constituted in March saying it was only a gimmick.

The committee headed by Finance Minister K. Rosaiah will deliberate on the issues and concerns regarding the formation of Telangana.

The previous government had also named seven members including two legislators from the council to the committee. The move to reconstitute it comes as the new assembly has been formed.

Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the governor’s address, the chief minister said there was no change in his party’s stand and that it was sincere on the issue.

YSR, as the chief minister is popularly known, recalled that he had made a statement in the assembly in February, announcing the committee.

“The government of Andhra Pradesh has no objection to the formation of Telangana state in principle and feels that the time has come to move forward decisively on this issue. However, before taking a decision, many of the issues need to be resolved as serious concerns have been raised by the stakeholders,” he said.

He appealed to TDP, TRS and other parties to join the committee. “Let us put our heads together and let us come out with an amicable and viable solution. There is a problem but its solution should not create new problems,” he said.

YSR assured the house that the government would take further steps after receiving the report of the committee.

TRS members interrupted the chief minister’s reply and took exception to his remarks about party president K. Chandrasekhara Rao.

Denying the opposition allegation that he instigated people of one region against the other during the election campaign, YSR tried to set the record straight.

“I had only said that if TDP comes to power with the support of TRS, all irrigation projects will come to a halt, educational institutes of Andhra will be shut and people of Andhra and Rayalaseema will have to live like foreigners in Telangana,” he said.

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