Srikrishna panel to receive memoranda till end

HYDERABAD: Justice BN Srikrishna, who heads the committee appointed by the central government to seek the opinions of a cross-section of people including political parties on the Telangana issue and sublit a report, declared here today that the aim of the committee was to keep everyone in the state happy.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said the committee would take into consideration the views expressed by as many people as possible. He also did not find fault with some political parties expressing divergent opinions on the demand for state’s bifurcation, saying it was very much part of democracy.

Justice Srikrishna refused to take cognizance of the threat issued by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao that there would be a civil war if the state was not bifurcated.

“He (Chandrasekhar Rao) is a political leader and he makes statements based on his political interests.

We may hear an entirely divergent view from another side. We do not bother about such political statements,’’ he said. Stating that two of the committee members had already started eliciting the opinions of people, organisations and others concerned, justice Srikrishna said the response from the people was good. “Initially, there was some reluctance from certain quarters but now everybody is cooperating,’’ he said.

The process of collecting views, data and information will continue till the end of June. In July the committee would have a second round of discussions with the political parties and organisations.

Asked whether the committee would go by the majority opinion of the people, or based on the data and information collected by it, justice Srikrishna said, “We will analyse each and every factor and come to a conclusion.’’ Committee members Ravinder Kaur, Abusaleh Shariff, Ranbir Singh and member-secretary VK Duggal were present at the media conference.


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