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Telangana activists reject PM's appeal, to intensify stir

delhi Updated: Oct 03, 2011 21:59 IST
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Separate Telangana agitationists on Monday rejected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's appeal for calling off the 22-day strike and threatened to intensify it if the Centre does not announce the formation of the state with a "clear-cut timeframe".

After a 30-minute meeting with Singh, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and Joint Action Committee convener Prof Kodhandaram said they were not satisifed with the Prime Minister's response when he sought "some more time" to decide on the issue.

He said that he has submitted a memorandum on the demand of separate Telangana state to the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and has requested Singh to expedite the issue.

Rao further said, that he has demanded for a timeframe and roadmap on Telangana.

After the meeting, Sushma Swaraj also made BJP's stand clear on the issue via social networking site, Twitter.

Swaraj tweeted, "I reiterated our stand that we are in favor of creation of separate Telangana State."

"We demand that the Government should bring a bill for this purpose. We will lend our full support and get it passed," she further tweeted.

Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister said he understands the separate statehood demand and gave an assurance that the Centre will make all efforts to find a solution to the contentious issue soon.

However, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said more consultations were required before a decision could be taken on creating a separate state of Telangana.

Meeting a delegation of Congress leaders from agitation-hit Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, Singh also told them that he would talk to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in this regard and put all their demands before the party's Core Committee.

As the general strike in Telangana entered its 22nd day, the leaders, including senior minister J Geetha Reddy and K Jana Reddy, briefed Singh about the situation in the region and the "urgent need" for Centre's intervention as people were not in a "mood even to celebrate upcoming festivals".

(With PTI inputs)