Days after the UPA acceded to his demand of a separate state, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrasekhara Rao said he does not fully subscribe to such demands rising elsewhere in the country and has asked the agitators to justify their demand first.
Soon after the Congress decided to divide Andhra Pradesh last week, protests broke out in West Bengal for . In the neighboring Assam, agitation is on for a separate Bodoland.
“I cannot support the demands in toto. They have to justify the demands first,” Rao told HT in reply to a question at an interaction organized by the Telangana Journalists Forum in Hyderabad on Sunday.
KCR added that, as of now, his party has concentrated its interests in Telangana formation.
However, much like in the Telangana agitation, the separation demands - especially in Darjeeling and Karbi Anglong are based on cultural differences with the mainland and “lack of dignity.”
With the Telangana announcement last Tuesday, separation demands are gaining heat in several other places. Uttar Pradesh is proposed to be divided into four by carving out Harit Pradesh, Poorvanchal and Bundelkhand. Vidarbha, bordering Telangana, is another decades old demand.
Meanwhile, in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema agitation against separation continued for consecutive fifth day, with protests showing no let-up. Rallies, rail and road blockades, suicide attempts, shutdown of school, college and markets continued in the 13 districts. Rao appealed to his Seema-Andhra brethren to stop the agitation and to cooperate with the new state’s creation.
TRS sources said that Rao would not be attending the monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday in New Delhi. The Telangana issue had frequently rocked the house with Rao and his colleague Vijaya Shanti entering the well and sloganeering for a Telangana bill.
Anyhow, a bill to carve out a separate state will not be introduced in the present session.
Kamtapur can turn violent: Bengal govt
The West Bengal home department has alerted districts in the northern parts of the state to the possibility of renewed militancy by the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), a tribal body fighting for a separate state.
“Militant organisations like the KLO, which were once active in North Bengal, are once again planning to regroup. There is unrest in Darjeeling (for Gorkhaland) and even in other North Bengal districts, which are demanding separate state status. The militants are likely to take advantage of the situation and once again become active,” saSid a senior home department official at Writers’ Building, the state’s headquarters.
“Militant organisations linked with the United Liberation Front of Asom (another militant outfit) and others in Assam are planning to make inroads into the state and create disturbance.” Sources in the home department said the matter had been reported to the Union home ministry. To date the government has released at least six KLO militants.
CM Mamata Banerjee recently said militants who had been released would not escape arrest again if they indulged in violence.