- CSDS employed P Narasimha Rao who is honorary convener of Samaikyandhra JAC.
- Most of the investigators that went into Telangana are from Seemandhra.
- It is ‘possibly an error of judgment’. CSDS ‘would therefore carry out an independent verification of these survey findings and report the findings to the public within the next two months’.
Such an impression arises partly from a misreading of the survey findings. Our survey clearly shows that within the Telangana region nearly two-thirds of those who have an opinion support a separate state. Since 2004, when the CSDS started asking this question in Andhra Pradesh, the support for a separate state has increased consistently within the Telangana region. This basic finding cannot possibly be read as propaganda against separate Telangana. The survey also found that there still is a small section of people within the region (more in Hyderabad and some other districts) who do not support this demand and that the level of opposition to Telangana in the rest of Andhra Pradesh is even stronger. We have no reason to disbelieve these findings.
Given the high credibility that the CSDS surveys enjoy, it is of utmost importance that we are, and are seen to be, absolutely fair in recording public opinion. Given the charged political context that prevails in the state, we should have anticipated that the affiliation of our coordinator and the composition of our team would lead to distrust among those advocating a separate state. Presentation of the survey findings on Telangana without addressing these legitimate apprehensions was possibly an error of judgment. We would therefore carry out an independent verification of these survey findings and report the findings to the public within the next two months. The CSDS team remains committed to transparency and accountability in its surveys and is willing to answer any question related to this survey. We shall also place on our website (www.lokniti.org) all relevant details regarding the survey in all the regions of Andhra Pradesh