New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (CPI) has demanded that the Sri Krishna Commission Report on Telangana should be rejected as its observations and recommendations were wrong and impractical.
"Its recommendations are not practical. This report should be rejected as Fazal Ali's recommendations were rejected in 1955," said CPI Deputy General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy, who had led his party's study report on Telangana, which forced the party to review its position and support the Telangana demand.
Participating in a roundtable discussion on 'Telangana: Current Dynamics' in Delhi, organised by Observer Research Foundation, Reddy described the Sri Krishna Commission Report as a big disappointment.
"I say it is a big disappointment not because it did not approve Telangana, but the way they tried to deal with the issue. There were lots of confusion and contradictory remarks. There was no cohesion, there was no clarity in the report," he said.
Criticising a part of the report being kept a secret, Reddy said now the Andhra Pradesh High Court has asked the Centre to make it available to the people, saying the people should know its contents.
Pointing out that one of the reasons given by the Commission against the formation of Telangana is the Maoist/Naxalite problem and the possible inability of a smaller state to deal with this issue, Reddy said it was a 'totally wrong diagnosis of a real problem'.
"The Sri Krishna Commission has done exactly a wrong diagnosis," he said.he CPI leader said it was better to divide the Andhra state as early as possible.
"The longer the agitation continues, controversies will become stronger and animosities will grow. It is better to divide at this juncture as brothers," he added.
Reddy further said only the CPI and BJP have taken a stand to support the Telangana movement, while the Congress and the Telugu Desam leadership and rank and file are divided on geographic lines. The CPI-M has taken a position for a united State.
Reddy claimed that more than 80 per cent of the people in the Telangana region are for a separate state, which will help eliminate discrimination they face in all fields. He gave the example of Maharashtra and Gujarat to show that after separation both the states did better despite reports to the contrary earlier.
Congress MP Keshav Rao, who was also present on the occasion, said the sentiments among people are so strong that no party, except for the CPI-M, dared to oppose the movement.
Experts at the roundtable felt that it was time for creation of the second 'States Reorganisation Commission' to lay down a broad framework and necessary conditions to address demands for smaller states.
Well-know economists Dr. Surjit Bhalla and Dr. Lavish Bhandari said that their analysis showed that size does not really matter, as there was nothing to suggest that smaller states will not do well. There are examples of even bigger States like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh having not done well.
The speakers also emphasized that if a promise has been given, it should be fulfilled, as it is a matter of trust in the Central government.
"If you have given a promise, keep it up. People will lose trust in the Centre, otherwise," Dr. Bhandari said.
The participants felt if Hyderabad is the problem, it can be addressed separately like in the case of Chandigarh.
There was also a suggestion that Hyderabad can also be made a state like Delhi, though Congress MP Keshav Rao said people in Telangana are emotionally attached to Hyderabad and a new capital can be built on BOP model for Andhra. (ANI)