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President Patil must intervene to resolve Telangana row: TDP

August 12, 2011 - New Delhi

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil in New Delhi today to seek her intervention in the Telangana row.

Addressing mediapersons soon after the meeting, senior TDP leader, T. Devender Goud, asserted that he was hopeful that Patil would consider the demands of the separate state activists and take appropriate measures to resolve the dispute.

"We explained the entire situation surrounding the Telangana issue to the President. The government must keep the promise it has made to the people of Telangana. We also told her that the movement for Telangana has been continuing since the last 150 years and is still going strong," Goud said.

"This is why, we urged the President to intervene in this matter, since you are the protector of the constitution of this country, you must see that the government of India, they keep their promise," he added.

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

Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt in 2009 and 2010, as pro-Telangana activists persisted with their demand.


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