Furious Chandrashekar Rao dubs govt's meet on Telangana a 'drama', calls for 'bandh'

PTI Posted: Dec 28, 2012 at 1346 hrs
New Delhi Unhappy with the outcome of the meeting convened by Centre on Telangana issue, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekar Rao today termed it as a "futile exercise" while announcing a Telangana bandh tomorrow to protest against the Government\'s attitude towards the demand for a separate state.

"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.

Rao, the political face of the Telangana separate statehood agitation for the past few years, said he was just "not satisfied" with the Centre\'s announcement that a decision will be taken in a month\'s time.

"They said like this not less than thousand times. Who are going to believe them? Having called the all-party meeting, he would have said within a week. He should have said that he would talk to the Prime Minister after today''s meeting. Do we really require one month''s time? This is all drama. They have been playing the drama and they are continuing it," he added.

"They have not fulfilled their promises. They have cheated the people of Telangana again.They lied so many times. We don''t believe them. Now, I have announced a Telangana bandh tomorrow," he said.," he told reporters after coming out of the meeting chaired by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde here.

The meeting, which was attended by representatives from registered political parties in Andhra Pradesh, saw all parties sticking to their know stands. While TRS supported the creation of a separate Telangana, Congress, TDP and YSR Congress remained ambivalent on their stands.

Calling the meeting a "futile exercise", the TRS chief announced a day-long Telangana bandh tomorrow to condemn the Centre\'s attitude against the people of the region in Andhra Pradesh.

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.

BACKGROUND

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.