Telangana supporters amplify agitation ahead of all-party meet in New Delhi
Protesters demanding separate Telangana, hope for a concrete stand by political parties in the upcoming all-party meet to discuss the simmering issue on December 28.
Talking to reporters at a sit-in protest rally here at Jantar Mantar, protesters said that the government had failed to keep its promise of making the separate state of Telangana.
"It has been three years now the government that the government had announced the formation of Telangana. The then Home Minister, P. Chidambaram has announced it on December 09, 2009 and since then they are playing with the lives of Telangana people," said said Sreeram, national executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"So far about thousand students have committed suicide demanding the state formation. Mr. Shinde, the new home minister has again convened an all-party meeting day after tomorrow. Telangana people are hoping that every political party, called in the meeting will make their stand clear." Said Sreeram.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Communist Party of India (CPI) and various student groups had organised meetings and even observed hunger strike.
The chances of an immediate resolution, paving the way for the formation of Telangana appears slim, as most politicians are sharply divided within their own respective parties on this issue.
Protesters added that it is important for the Congress Party, which previously promised creation of the separate state to clarify its stand.
"The Congress party needs to come out in the open and tell the people about its take on the Telangana issue. This is the time for the party to talk about its decision on the pending issue," said Sudhakar Reddy, a protester.
The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress party ruled federal government accepted the 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.