Telangana groups reject Rayala - Telangana proposal
New Delhi: Political parties and various other groups fighting for separate statehood to Telangana Tuesday rejected the reported proposal of the central government to carve out a Rayala-Telangana state.
Reports say that Telangana movement leader and politician K Chandrasekhara Rao will lead a massive protest against any plans by the centre to create a larger Telangana state than originally discussed. As the first step, he has called for a total bandh in the Telangana region on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which is spearheading the movement for separate state, staged a silent protest at Rajghat in Delhi to oppose the proposal to merge Kurnool and Anantapur districts of Rayalaseema with Telangana.
Protests were also held in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, demanding the central government carve out Telangana state comprising 10 districts as per the resolution passed by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
Leading the protest at Rajghat, TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram alleged that the proposal of Rayala-Telangana was mooted to stall the formation of Telangana state. He hoped that the bill to carve Telangana state would be tabled during the winter session of parliament.
Kodandaram said there would be many more protests if the central government failed to drop the proposal of Rayala-Telangana.
Leaders of various organizations participated in the silent protest. They also met Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, seeking his support to oppose the proposal of Rayala-Telangana.
A meeting of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders also began Tuesday evening at the residence of party chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao to chalk out their strategy in the wake of reports that the Group of Ministers (GoM) had recommended to the government to carve out Rayala-Telangana. TRS legislator Harish Rao said Rayala-Telangana was not acceptable to people of Telangana.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and various pro-Telangana groups staged protests in various parts of Telangana to oppose the proposal. BJP leader Vidyasagar Rao said his party was opposed to Rayala-Telangana. He wanted union minister S. Jaipal Reddy to strongly oppose the proposal as this could stall the formation of Telangana state.
Rayalaseema region has four districts and two of them - Anantapur and Kurnool - are proposed to be merged with Telangana, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad. Coastal Andhra comprises nine districts.