Celebrations in Telangana region, Hyderabad a sore point

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All the 10 districts which are set to form the new Telangana state erupted in joy on Tuesday. People burst firecrackers, chanted "Jai Telangana" slogans and took out motorcycle rallies.

But in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) camp, the celebrations were dampened by the fact that Hyderabad would be a shared capital for 10 years. "We welcome the decision. We ask non-Telangana brothers not to worry about their safety in Hyderabad... It is a great day for people of Telangana," said TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao.

"We will hold a meeting of all Telangana parties tomorrow... We need clarification from the UPA on Hyderabad — what does joint capital mean? We also want to know how the Telangana bill will be passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha," he said. "As far as we know, it is the decision of the Congress. Till the bill is passed in parliament, we will not believe that Telangana has been formed,'' he added.

Cutting across party lines, many Telangana leaders of the TRS, Congress and TDP gathered at the Martyrs' Memorial at Gunpark, near the assembly complex, to pay homage to those who died in the pro-Telangana protests.

"We have to ensure that everything goes forward smoothly. We cannot rest till parliament passes the bill," said Prof M Kodandaram, chairman of the Telangana Joint Action Committee.

In coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts, shock gave way to anger. But before protesters could hit the streets, security personnel moved in and placed leaders under house arrest.

"I never expected that the party I served for over 40 years would take such a controversial decision in such haste. I have resigned as chairman of the 20-point programme of the Congress and also quit as PCC spokesperson and general secretary," said Dr N Tulsi Reddy.

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