India

Telangana battle to take centre stage

  • PTI, Hyderabad
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  • Updated: May 18, 2011 10:30 IST

With the completion of assembly elections in five states, Andhra Pradesh is keenly waiting for Congress' call on the vexatious state bifurcation issue.

For years the Congress has dodged the issue fearing a political backlash. But its indecisiveness on either creating a Telangana state or keeping Andhra Pradesh united has done nothing to settle matters.

The distress caused to ordinary people, the beating that the state's image had taken notably on the investment front, the internal rift that the main political parties of the state were left with and the enormous loss caused to the state exchequer on account of the strife are now part of history.

The Congress-led UPA government at the Centre has bought time from the aggressive statehood proponents till completion of polls to five state assemblies even as close to five months have elapsed since the Justice Srikrishna Committee submitted its recommendations on the contentious subject.

Now that elections are over, those demanding a separate state are ready to up the ante once again and go all out in their quest for the state of Telangana.

Not only the separatists but also the integrationists are seeking an immediate solution to the crisis.

"From June 1, we will put Telangana on the boil and even take our struggle to the international level," says K Chandrasekhar Rao, whose Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has been in the forefront of the statehood struggle.

 

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