Telangana: KCR meets PM, talks fail

Rao said he may also go on a `fast unto death` to intensify the movement for a separate state.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: With no consensus emerging after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief threatened to intensify agitation over a separate Telangana state.

Rao said he may also go on a "fast unto death" to intensify the movement for a separate state. He was addressing the reporters here after meeting the Prime Minister.

"The strike on Telangana will not be called off under any circumstances," he said.
"The strike would continue till there is a roadmap for separate Telangana," he further added.

A day after holding a sit-in at Rajghat, the TRS chief and the political face of the movement KCR met PM at his official residence and demanded that the Centre take immediate steps for formation of a separate Telangana state without further consultations on the issue.
The TRS chief, accompanied by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) K Kodhandaram was flanked by a huge delegation consisting of members from his party and TJAC. Rao has been camping in the capital since Friday.

During the meeting, the two leaders briefed Manmohan Singh about Telangana situation and told him that the Centre should immediately take steps for the formation of separate Telangana state.

Rao rejected government`s stance to hold “further consultations” with political parties on the issue on the issue.

The Prime Minister assured him that that the Centre will make all efforts to find a solution to the contentious issue.

A general strike has crippled normal life in the region for the past 22 days. As much as 10 districts there are "boiling" due to the strike.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister met a delegation of Congress leaders from Telangana region. Singh said he understands the separate statehood demand and told them that he would put all their demands before the party`s Core Committee.
Rao and his supporters, yesterday, observed silence for a few hours at Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in central Delhi, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti to highlight the "grave situation" in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

The TRS chief has warned that the agitation on the issue will continue till the goal is achieved.

In Hyderabad, Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said that consultations with the elected representatives of all three regions of Andhra Pradesh -- Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema -- were completed but there was need for more consultations on the issue at the national level.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday that the government was aware of the "gravity" of the ongoing agitation in Andhra Pradesh`s Telangana region and needed "some more time" to find a solution to the vexed issue.

Congress leaders from Telangana are also pressing their leadership for an early decision in favour of creating a new state.

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