The Centre on Saturday announced the terms of reference for its Telangana committee, saying the panel will examine the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand to keep Andhra Pradesh united.
The terms of reference set for the BN Srikrishna committee to examine the situation in Andhra Pradesh evoked mixed reactions with the protagonists of Telangana strongly denouncing them as a "betrayal" of the people of the region.
"The terms of reference are nothing but a betrayal of the people of Telangana," Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convener C Kodandaram said. "We will intensify our agitation. We appeal to the people to make tomorrow's bandh called by the students a success."
Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao called the terms of reference as "baseless, meaningless, and mindless" though Andhra Pradesh Congress chief D Srinivas welcomed them. Telugu Desam Party leaders hailing from the Telangana region said the terms of reference were a betrayal of the people of the region and suggested that the Centre was bent on pushing the demand for a separate state into the cold storage.
With the Telangana Rashtra Samiti calling the terms of reference of the five-member BN Srikrishna committee 'baseless, meaningless, and mindless’, will the panel be able to resolve the issue? Or is a separate state the only solution?