The Union home minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, on receiving the report, said he intends to convene a meeting of the eight recognised political parties on January 6, 2011. He added, “Immediately after the meeting, the report would be made public.”
Even as he thanked the media for its cooperation with the committee, he also called on it to help the government take an appropriate decision on the matter.
“After the report is made public on January 6, 2011, the media should communicate the contents of the report to viewers and readers in a fair, impartial and balanced way and promote sober and mature debate,” he said.
Making it clear that the government will not rush to conclusions, the home minister said,
“The report is in two volumes. The report will be carefully studied in the ministry of home affairs and will be shared with the ministries or departments concerned of the government,” he said.
The home minister said, “Let me assure the people of AP that the deployment of security forces is a purely precautionary measure. They will remain in the force headquarters or police stations as a reserve force.” In an indirect message to political parties on the issue of maintaining peace, Mr Chidambaram reminded them of the promise made during the January 5, 2010 meeting.
“All political parties and groups have assured us that they will maintain peace, harmony and law and order. We welcome and believe these assurances,” he said.
Responding to media queries after submitting the report, the member-secretary, Mr Vinod Duggal, said, “We have given the way forward.”
Justice Srikrishna, when asked about the suggestions given by him, said, “You pose all your questions to the government now.”