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Plea for making Karaikal a separate Union Territory stressed

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 20:21

Puducherry: In the wake of the Centre`s
announcement that it would initiate the process of forming
a separate Telangana state, an `apolitical organisation` here
seeking Union Territory status for Karaikal, has renewed its

Karaikal is part of the Union Territory of Puducherry.

S.P.Selvashanmugham, convenor of the Karaikal struggle
group (KSG), told PTI that his outfit, comprising freedom
fighters,senior citizens and other people, welcomed the
Centre`s initiative to set in motion the necessary process for
carving out a separate Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

`We welcome the current development in respect of
Telangana`. At the same time the KSG, which had been seeking
separate Union Territory status for Karaikal, would `intensify
its demand`` if the Centre did not bring in a legislation (to
delink Karaikal from Puducherry) in current session of
Parliament,he said.

Karaikal is about 150 kms from Puducherry.

Funds meant for Karaikal growth earmarked by the Centre
in Puducherry`s budget had not been reaching the region all
these years, he alleged.

The KSG was formed in 2005.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 20:21
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