New Delhi: Home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the Centre wants to find a “just, honourable and practicable solution” to the Telangana statehood demand that has the “widest measure of support among all stakeholders”.
Addressing a meeting of leaders of political parties from Andhra Pradesh at which he handed over copies of the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee report, Chidambaram appealed to them to read its recommendations with an “open mind” and give “impartial consideration” to them.
“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 practicable solutions that has the widest measure of support among all stakeholders,” he said.
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 Home Minister expressed confidence that the report will generate an “informed and matured” debate on the issue.
He also urged them to give “your most careful, thoughtful and impartial” consideration to the recommendations.
He asked them to read the report with an “open mind” and be prepared to persuade or be persuaded by those hold another point of view.
Chidambaram regretted the boycott of the meeting by TRS, TDP and BJP.
“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,” he said.
“It is Government’s sincere hope that the report will generate an informed and matured debate,” he said.