Telangana groups reject Rayala-Telangana proposal

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 18:36

Hyderabad: Political parties and various other groups fighting for separate statehood to Telangana on Tuesday rejected the reported proposal of the central government to carve out a Rayala-Telangana state.

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.

Hyderabad: Political parties and various other groups fighting for separate statehood to Telangana on Tuesday rejected the reported proposal of the central government to carve out a Rayala-Telangana state.

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.

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.

IANS

First Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 18:36

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