Continuing its silence over the demand for statehood to Telangana,
the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Tuesday urged the central
government to impose president’s rule in Andhra Pradesh to restore
MIM, one of the eight parties that attended the meeting called by
union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, suggested that the government
set up a committee for wider consultation over the Telangana issue.
MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin
Owaisi told reporters after the meeting in New Delhi that the
committee headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and
comprising senior bureaucrats should be formed with a time-frame to
give its findings.
“Our party will give its opinion only
before the committee. And if the government does not form the
committee, we will convey our views to the Union home minister,”
said Owaisi, who was accompanied by his brother and MIM floor leader
in the state assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi.
MIM, a key political force in the state
capital, has one MP and seven legislators. While all other parties
have either supported or opposed the formation of Telangana state
and the ruling Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) stand
divided on regional lines, MIM has not spelt out its stand.
In the past, MIM had demanded union
territory status for Hyderabad in the event of the bifurcation of
Andhra Pradesh but it has remained silent ever since the Telangana
movement was revived in November last year.
Asaduddin said he demanded that the
central government seriously consider imposing president’s rule as
the agitation for and against Telangana had created law and order
problems and paralysed governance and development in the state.
In its representation submitted to
Chidambaram, the MIM blamed the Congress, the BJP and the TDP for
complicating the issue by “shifting stands and sheer opportunism”.
“The apparent procrastination by the union
government and the Congress leadership has caused the present
situation,” it said.
The MIM said the future of Andhra Pradesh
cannot be decided without taking the views of Muslims into
consideration, and felt that the issue needed proper and in-depth
study in the larger perspective.
The representation pointed out that
Muslims have suffered socio-economic deprivation, loss of employment
and educational backwardness ever since police action in 1948. The
community also suffered at the time of trifurcation of Hyderabad
State and formation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956.