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TRS chief threatens fast-unto-death over Telangana issue

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 22:25

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)
president K Chandrasekhar Rao today threatened to launch a
fast-unto-death if separate Telangana statehood demand is not
conceded by next month.

"I am demanding, declare Telangana in November.
Otherwise, I am going to sit on a fast-unto-death. This is a
warning. The consequences will have to be borne by the
government of India and government of Andhra Pradesh," he told
reporters here.

Rao was speaking after being detained during a `jail
bharo` agitation organised by TRS demanding that the
government make a constitutional amendment to protect the
interests of Telangana in the wake of Supreme Court verdict
declaring Hyderabad as a `free zone` for police recruitment.

The police department has been divided into various zones
for the purpose of recruitment. `Free zone` means people from
all parts of the state can be recruited in Hyderabad. The TRS
contends that declaring Hyderabad as a `free zone` would
adversely affect job opportunities of Telangana youth.

The TRS chief said his sub-regional party, spearheading a
movement for a separate state with Hyderabad as its capital,
would step up the stir if constitutional amendment is not made
to protect the interests of Telangana in wake of the apex
court verdict.

Earlier, the TRS held a protest at Indira Park in the
heart of the city as part of `jail bharo` stir.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 22:25
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