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Srikrishna talks of ‘middle path’ on Telangana
New Indian Express, 13 May 2010
HYDERABAD: In what is being surmised as a Freudian slip, Justice B N Srikrishna on Wednesday said his committee may have to take a ‘middle course’ in regard to the demand for bifurcation of the state.
Replying to questions at a news conference here, Justice Srikrishna said: ‘‘One section feels that it should be done (bifurcation).
Another section feels that it should not be done. We have to choose between the two or have to find a middle path, if possible.’’ He, however, hastened to add that any ‘‘decision’’ would be taken either on Dec.31 or Jan 1, 2011 after considering the opinion of all sections of people.
The committee’s member secretary V K Duggal later attempted to explain what the chairman meant. He said that Justice Srikrishna had only pointed out that there were various possibilities before the committee.
‘‘There is a path to the right, there is a path to left and there is a middle path. It is too early to say anything. Any decision will be taken in the best interests of the people,’’ Duggal said. But the words – middle path – set off a debate in political circles who began wondering whether it meant that the committee may be considering something short of bifurcation to address the concerns of the people of Telangana. Speculation centred around whether the committee might recommend creation of development councils — albeit with statutory powers — to drive development of Telangana, unpalatable to the votaries of separatism.
As there have been precedents in the past regarding development boards or councils in the state and elsewhere in the country whenever regional movements have gained momentum, stakeholders of the Telangana agitation appear to be worried whether the committee would go in that direction.
Justice Srikrishna made the comment about steering a middle course when reporters asked him for his reaction to the TDP presenting three different viewpoints to it.
Srikrishna said: ‘‘Whether it is the TDP or some other party, it does not make any difference to us. The views expressed by the people are important to us. We are here to feel the pulse of the people,’’ he said.
The panel has seen four distinct streams of opinions. One is for keeping the state united; the second is for creation of a separate state; the third is for lumping Telangana with Rayalaseema as one state; and fourth is to make Hyderabad union territory