Yesterday, ABN broke the story of the Home Ministry sending a status report to the President in which they opined that that the formation of a Telangana state was not feasible now. In a call-in after the news broke, Professor Kodandaram of the T-JAC expressed dissatisfaction with ABN reporting this issue saying that if there were any unfortunate consequences as result of running the story then ABN had to take the blame for this. Another opinion expressed by Prof. Kodandaram was that it was constitutionally not possible for the Home Ministry to send such a letter. However Supreme Court Advocate P.P.Rao today clarified to ABN that the Home Ministry did indeed send such reports to the in-coming President and there was nothing surprising if they expressed the Ministry’s stance on Telangana in that.
ABN host Murthy explained on air that we were only reporting the story of the letter being sent and that we could not be blamed for the Home Ministry’s opinion. However, certain sections of the Telangana agitators still seem to be blaming ABN for running the story.
Today, members of the Advocate JAC attempted to hold a protest outside the ABN office in Hyderabad. With the police having prior information on this protest, bandobast was arranged and the agitators were not allowed to reach the ABN office. Tension prevailed for a while but police were successful in diffusing the agitators. Some of them were arrested and taken to the police station.
ABN’s replay of the story today again mentioned that this was not some personal opinion held by the channel but that only the details of the letter were being reported.