Centre Could Form Experts Panel on Telangana: Reports

With all party meeting on Telangana producing no consensus, the Centre is believed to be considering formation of a panel to hold consultations with all stakeholders, said reports.

Reports said that the panel could comprise of experts headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a ministerial committee, or a mix of both.

In the meeting convened by Home Minister P Chidambaram, all the parties and their Andhra units largely reiterated their stated positions.

TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya asked the Centre to take immediate steps to create Telengana.

PRP chief Chiranjeevi said that his party was for a united Andhra. Representatives from the Congress and TDP were divided along Telangana and non-Telangana lines. The CPI(M) stressed the need for a peaceful resolution.

All the parties, except the BJP which demanded the tabling of a statehood Bill in the next session of Parliament, agreed on setting up a mechanism for further consultations.

The MIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi wanted President’s Rule in the state to control law and order.

“It appears to me that no one is opposed to further consultations with other groups and stakeholders. Should such consultations become necessary, they were keen that these should be completed in a reasonable time,” Chidambaram said.

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