T process is on : Botcha

T process is on : Botcha
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PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana on Friday assured the Congress ministers and leaders from Telangana that the process of bifurcation of the state had not been put on hold. At a meeting with Telangana leaders led by Deputy Chief Minister D Rajanarasimha, Botcha said that he had been asked by the party high command to convey to both the Telangana and Seemandhra leaders that constitution of A K Antony committee was only to hear the views of the party leaders from respective regions and would have no bearing on the process that had already been initiated by the UPA government and that there was no question of stalling it.

  • Cong leaders from T meet PCC chief
  • Seemandhra leaders to meet CM tomorrow
  • Antony panel will hear views of three respective regions and submit report
  • Botcha finds fault with media for conflicting reports

Hyderabad: PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana on Friday assured the Congress ministers and leaders from Telangana that the process of bifurcation of the state had not been put on hold. At a meeting with Telangana leaders led by Deputy Chief Minister D Rajanarasimha, Botcha said that he had been asked by the party high command to convey to both the Telangana and Seemandhra leaders that constitution of A K Antony committee was only to hear the views of the party leaders from respective regions and would have no bearing on the process that had already been initiated by the UPA government and that there was no question of stalling it.

While the leaders from Telangana are slated to meet the Antony committee on 19, the Seemandhra leaders will present their case on 20th. Botcha told the Telangana leaders that the committee would only record the demands, objections, apprehensions and concerns of the Seemandhra people and submit a report to the high command. The report would help in finding solutions to the issues raised by the leaders. The cabinet note for taking the process forward was getting ready and soon it would be put up before the union cabinet for approval, Botcha told the leaders.


It may be recalled that the Seemandhra ministers had been claiming that following their protests and pressure mounted by them on the party high command, it had constituted the Antony committee and that the process of division would not move forward till the committee submitted its report. Talking to the media, Botcha said that he would also inform the Seemandhra leaders when he would be meeting them at the Chief Ministers camp office on Saturday that the process had not stopped as was being claimed by some of the leaders.


Botcha found fault with the media saying that they were not being judicious in the presentation of news. When the T agitation was at its peak, the pro-Telangana media had given hype to the agitations and now certain media houses supporting the Seemandhra movement were also doing the same. He, however, hastened to add that this was not his personal impression but what the party high command had felt, he added.


While the Telangana ministers and legislators will meet the Antony committee on 19th in a group, the ministers from Hyderabad have sought separate audience from the Antony panel. Labour minister D Nagender said that they would present a separate report to the committee. Though he refused to divulge as to what they would like to tell the committee, it was learnt that the report would strongly oppose granting the status of union territory to Hyderabad.
Those who met Botcha on Friday include, Panchayat Raj minister K Jana Reddy, civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu, D Nagender and Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar.

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