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Only Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital will be acceptable: TRS

Hyderabad: Asserting that nothing short of Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital will be acceptable to the party, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Thursday hoped that “wisdom would prevail” on the Centre to make a “right choice” on the separate statehood issue.

“We are told that the Srikrishna Committee has given some options…We hope wisdom will prevail and Centre will take the right choice and live up to the promise it made to the people of Telangana on December 9, 2009. Other than Telangana, with Hyderabad as its capital, nothing else will be acceptable to us,” TRS MLA and party chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K.T. Rama Rao told PTI.

The TRS will be ready for a dialogue with the Centre if it is committed to the formation of Telangana, he said.

Asked about Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s appeal to the political parties to read the Committee report with an “open mind”, Mr. Rama Rao said the decision to form a separate state is a political one and that it is for the Centre to take a call on it.

“It is truly unfortunate that the Centre is trying to push the ball back in the court of political parties. After an year of consultations, it is up to the Union Government to take a call and decide which option it would take. Now, the decision making power lies with the Centre.”

“I would like to remind the Home Minister that none of the states formed earlier, were formed on a basis of a Committee’s report. It is a political decision that needs to taken. We are hoping that the UPA government will take a right decision,” he said.

Mr. Rao said TRS would continue to fight for separate Telangana in a peaceful manner.

“The party will continue to carry on its agitation on the issue in a peaceful and democratic manner. If the aspirations of the people are not heeded to and if they decide to vent out their anger it whatever fashion, we cannot be held responsible…It is for the Union government that has to take responsibility,” Mr. Rao said.

The report of the five-member committee headed by former Supreme Court judge that gave its recommendations after about 11 months of consultation process in the state was released by the Home Ministry on Thursday.

Creation of a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital and keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional and statutory measures for empowerment of the Telangana region are among the six options recommended by the Justice Srikrishna Committee.

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