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Telangana stir intensifies, UPA Govt. accused of indecisiveness

October 15, 2011 - Sitaphalmandi

Asserting that the agitation over the creation of a separate state of Telangana would not stop till the demands are met, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K. T. Rama Rao on Saturday questioned the delay on part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in taking an amicable decision on the issue.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) began its three-day 'rail blockade' in the region to press for the demand of creating a separate state.

"It's a shame for the UPA Government that members of the Congress Party today are agitating against their own government. Now, the government really has to rethink, reconsider as to what's happening in Telangana. If the member of the ruling coalition, if the members of the ruling party, the party that's leading the government today, are actually sitting on the rail tracks here, isn't it a shame for Mr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, that their indecisiveness is actually leading their own party members to come on to the rail tracks, to come to join the agitation here," said Rama Rao.

"The question that we want to raise, the question that Telangana poses today to the UPA chairperson, to the UPA Government is why you are unable to take a decision? If you do not want to concede Telangana, say so in as many words, if you want to live up to the promise you have made, please come forward," he added.

Meanwhile, taking note of the ongoing agitation, the Railways have cancelled around 125 trains in Andhra Pradesh's Telangana region from October 15 to 17.

TRS State Secretary Vasundhra also echoed similar sentiments as K. T. Rama Rao and stated that the people agitating here demand the formation of a separate state of Telangana at any cost.

"There is no government at all; already a President's rule is going on. There is only police government that is going on, there is no Congress here. Police are ruling Telangana and this kind of injustice is being done to Telangana. The only demand we have is we want Telangana at any cost," she said.

K. T. Rama Rao was later detained by the police as the stir intensified. His sister Kavitha too was taken into preventive custody.

Pro-Telangana activists have stepped up their efforts for the four-decade-old demand of a separate state, which is sought to be carved out of the economically less developed parts of Andhra Pradesh.

The struggle gathered momentum last year after the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government had accepted their 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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