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Telangana issue: TRS calls for Andhra bandh on Saturday

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Fri, 28 Dec 2012 NI Wire

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Friday has called for a state wide bandh (shut down) in Andhra Pradesh (AP) on Saturday following the outcome of all-party meet convened for discussing to make a separate state 'Telangana' from AP.

The decision of calling shut down has been taken by TRS, the leading political agency struggling for a separate state to central government, when TRS Chief appealed to party members to do so.

The TRS Chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, popularly known as KCR took this decision in the response of Central government's today's stand.

The all party meet which was held in the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde concluded after Shinde's statement in which he said, the decision on separate Telangana would be taken within a month.

Citing it a "drama" of Central government, KCR has said that he is unhappy over the outcome of the meet and centre is only doing drama over the issue but not serious.

"They have said this hundred times during last three years……If the Congress party is sincere, it could have taken a decision by today evening," he added.

The TRS leader termed the all-party meeting a "futile" exercise, saying that the parties only reiterated their old stands.

"It is thoroughly hopeless meeting, useless meeting. Nothing has come out of this meeting. And he did not show any roadmap or any thing. It was a futile meeting. In fact, nothing has come out of this meeting. I am quite dissatisfied. We are not satisfied at all," KCR told mediapersons after the meeting.

KCR, who has emerged as strong force in the politics of Andhra Pradesh in the recent times, further said that his party cadres would now meet to decide on the future course of action.

"I am not at all satisfied. They lied upon so many times. We don't believe them. Now, I have announced a Telangana bandh tomorrow," he said.

On the contrary, the Shinde said the Centre would take a decision on the statehood issue within a month.

"The meeting was very cordial. Some representatives said the decision should be given as early as possible, and some said that it should be taken within a month," he said.

Shinde said he has full faith that there will be a solution to the problems being faced by people of Andhra Pradesh. The TRS has appealed to people of Telangana to voluntarily observe a shutdown Saturday to strongly voice their sentiments.

Osmania University students' Joint Action Committee and Telangana secretariat employees' association have backed the TRS call for shutdown.

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress-led UPA Government accepted the demand in principle.

So far, 33 Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi ( TRS ), Praja Rajyam Party and Independent lawmakers hailing from the Telangana region have resigned from parliament and the Andhra State Assembly.

The Telangana region comprises 10 Andhra Pradesh districts: Hyderabad, Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal. The Musi River, Krishna and Godavari rivers flow through the region from west to east.

Since Telangana was merged with Andhra state to form Andhra Pradesh state in 1956, there were several agitations in Telangana to invalidate the merger and to form Telangana state. On December 9, 2009, Government of India announced process of formation of Telangana state.

Due to objections raised in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions immediately after the announcement, and due to the agitation in those regions for 14 days, the decision to form the new state was put on hold on December 23, 2009.

There have several movements to invalidate the merger of Telangana and Andhra, major ones occurring in 1969, 1972 and 2000s onwards. Since December 2009, Telangana movement intensified and it continued to dominate the state politics and is the cause of instability in the region.

--With Agencies Inputs--

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