Ajit backs Telangana, hints at reviving stir for Harit Pradesh
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 20:09

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