Over 1,000 TDP workers leave for New Delhi

Over 1,000 Telugu Desam Party leaders and workers, under the aegis of Telangana TDP Forum, left for New Delhi by a special train today to stage an agitation near the Jantar-Mantar.

Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 20:39 PM IST

Hyderabad: Over 1,000 Telugu Desam Party
leaders and workers, under the aegis of Telangana TDP Forum,
left for New Delhi by a special train today to stage an
agitation near the Jantar-Mantar.

The agitation is to mount pressure on the Centre to
expedite the process of forming separate Telangana state.

"We want the Centre to immediately table a Bill in the
ensuing session of Parliament for formation of Telangana state
in accordance with its promise made on December 9 last,"
Telangana TDP Forum convenor and senior MLA Nagam Janardhana
Reddy said.

Their New Delhi trip is to bring pressure on the Centre
to table a Bill for Telangana formation without waiting for
the report of the five-member Srikrishna Committee, appointed
to look into the situation in Andhra Pradesh.

Talking to newsmen before leaving for New Delhi, Reddy
said they sought the appointment of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi to present their case
for a separate state.

"If they deny us an audience, we shall stage a sit-in at
the Jantar-Mantar to attract the nation`s attention on the
issue. We shall also meet leaders of other parties in New
Delhi to drum up support for our cause," he added.

PTI