TRS chief calls bandh against Rayala-Telangana
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a total bandh in Telangana region on Thursday to register his protest against Centre's plan to add two more districts of Andhra Pradesh to the proposed Telangana state.
The bandh has been called on the same day when the Union Cabinet is expected to finalise the draft Telangana Bill based on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GOM).
"We are not going to accept Rayala-Telangana under any circumstance," Rao told media.
Earlier reports said the proposed state of Telangana could include two more districts of Anantapur and Kurnool in Rayalaseema region.
According to media reports, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have approved the decision to include them by redrawing the boundaries of proposed Telangana state.
This new region would be known as 'Rayala-Telangana', said an NDTV report.
The union cabinet meeting on Tuesday was scheduled to approve of the same and send it for the nod of the President, said reports.
The new state was expected to have 10 districts, a population of 35.38 million and an area of 1.14 lakh square km and including Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad, which will serve as a common capital for 10 years.
The GoM earlier had submitted its draft on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana as the 29th state of India.
India's ruling Congress party in July this year approved a move to carve out the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the country, giving in to a five-decade-long demand from supporters in a major decision ahead of 2014 elections.
Officially urging the government to take constitutional steps that will see the state's formation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) passed a resolution following a meeting of the constituents of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many local residents, comprises 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.
(Posted on 03-12-2013)