Ajit backs Telangana, hints at reviving stir for Harit Pradesh

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 20:09

New Delhi: Expressing solidarity with
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, RLD
chief Ajit Singh on Tuesday said he supported the agitation for a
separate Telangana state and hinted he may resume his movement
for reorganisation of UP.

"Today is the tenth day of Rao`s fast for a separate
Telangana state and his condition is deteriorating. I was in
Hyderabad for the past two days and met him. I even spoke to
Congress leaders there. However, there seems to be no effort
on part of the state government to start a dialogue even as
students in the state are on a rampage," Singh told reporters
here.
The RLD chief, who champions a separate Harit Pradesh
to be carved out of parts of western Uttar Pradesh, said the
Centre can talk to ULFA leaders but it is not ready to hold
discussions with Rao.

"I am in favour of small states like Telangana,
Vidarbha, Bundelkhand and even Harit Pradesh. We will also
start our agitation for reorganisation of UP. We had stopped
it for some time as Telangana issue had come up," Singh said.

Describing the agitation for Telangana as among the
oldest for smaller states, the RLD leader said there were
agreements in 1956 and 1969 for forming Telangana but the
promise was never fulfilled.

The UPA government`s manifesto in 2004 had promised a
separate Telangana but that never happened, he added.

"Now Congress can no more hide behind the excuse that
Left parties are not in favour of it as UPA is no more
associated with the Left," Singh said.
"Even Sonia Gandhi had written to the then Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000 in favour of smaller
states. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi too had said recently that UP should be
reorganised.

"History has seen that states like Punjab and Andhra
Pradesh were formed after leaders from these areas had taken
extreme measures like undergoing fasts. Similarly,
Rao too is undertaking a fast to get his demand fulfilled,"
the RLD leader said.

He said UP too is "ungovernable" and therefore RLD
will also restart its agitation for the state`s
reorganisation.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 20:09

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