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Telengana statehood issue key to Andhra polls

With 15 Lok Sabha seats and 107 assembly seats in this region, this issue will dominate the political arena in the state.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2004 01:20 PM IST

The issue of separate statehood to Telengana continues to dominate the political arena in Andhra Pradesh, going for simultaneous polls this month and it has once again stirred up the hurt feelings of the backward region which will have a telling effect at the hustings.

Telengana seems to have a profound influence in the polls and it can spell nemesis or enable poltical parties to ride on a colossus depending on which side of the fence a party is.

The backward region which was ruled by the feudal Nizam's and joined the Indian Union one full year after the country attained Independence, has 15 Lok Sabha and 107 assembly seats of the total 42 and 294 constituencies in the state.

While TDP made its stand clear that it favours a united state which only can pave way for development, its ally BJP was forced to oblige the stand.

BJP, otherwise wants smaller states and had passed a resolution in one of its state council meetings for separate Telengana. Being a junior partner, it has now shelved the issue and is toeing TDP line.

TRS, formed to achieve statehood to the region, is riding a high after the massive response it got from various sections of the people across the region.

Congress which did not openly support or oppose Telengana question has joined hands with TRS and the combination has turned out to be a formidable one going by the response and the reaction of Opposition parties.

The two parties did face uproarious scenes and dissent with Congress losing some of its sitting seats to TRS, whose cadre was disappointed for meagre 42 assembly and six Lok Sabha seats it got in the pact.

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