Furious Chandrashekar Rao dubs govt's meet on Telangana a 'drama', calls for 'bandh'
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The Telangana bandh would have the support of Telangana Joint Action Committees, Rao said and added that the future course of action would be decided by this evening. Rao is in the forefront of the agitation for carving out a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh ever since 2001 and his indefinite fast in 2009 led the Centre to announce that it would initiate steps for the formation of a separate state.
However, the decision was put on hold in view of "changed circumstances" in the state as people from non-Telangana regions were opposed to the move.
The Centre then appointed the Justice B N Srikrishna Committee to go into the situation in Andhra Pradesh. The Committee concluded that a united Andhra Pradesh was the best possible solution.
Ever since there has been no meetings or decision on the issue.
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.