President avoids mention of Telangana

Surprising since Shrikrishna committee was set up recently

GN Bureau | February 22, 2010



President Prathibha Patil speech did not reflect UPA-II's seriousness on Telangana. Since it is the UPA-II which set up the Justice Srikrishna Committee to look into statehood demand for Telangana, it is a mystery why the issue didn't figure in her speech.

In contrast, there were two distinct references on to Telangana in in former President Abdul Kalam's speeches in 2004.

The president also avoided mentioning nutrient-based fertiliser subsidy issue. This is believed to be to keep Congress' ally DMK in good humour as the latter is now protesting against the subsidy regime change. The government's latest move is expected to save Rs 45,000 crore by way of subsidy.

 

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