At the same time, the sources clarified to the media in Delhi that the meeting was not to elicit opinions from the parties on the report submitted by Justice Srikrishna Committee, constituted to study the separate statehood demand.
“It is a fact the then home minister P. Chidambaram proposed all-party leaders’ meeting on the report of Justice Srikrishna, but that is a bygone issue. We intend to look at the whole Telangana issue afresh,” an official told the reporters.
“There is a change of guard in the home ministry, so the new minister desires to have a meeting to know the latest situation on Telangana. It is for the political party leaders to respond,” the sources said. Meanwhile an official in the ministry clarified to the media that only eight political parties were invited for the meeting, and the name of Lok Satta had been deleted from the invitees’ list since it is not a recognised political party by the Election Commission.
The YSR Congress was included in the list in the place of Praja Rajyam, which does not exist anymore, the sources said.