Govt appeals to KCR to withdraw fast
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 19:28
  
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday held discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and his senior cabinet colleagues on the Telangana issue after which an appeal was made to fasting TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao to withdraw his protest.

"We would like to make an appeal to him (Rao) to withdraw his fast. The Government is seized of the matter," Law Minister Veerappa Moily told reporters after the meeting in Parliament House.

He refused to disclose any details about the discussions at the meeting. Besides Singh and Gandhi, the meeting was attended by Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Moily. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also attended the meeting.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who is in the capital, is also likely to meet Singh and Gandhi.

On the other hand, tension mounted in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh today with fasting TRS Chief K Chandrasekhara Rao's health deteriorating further and Hyderabad resembling a fortress ahead of intensified protests from tomorrow.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also enquired about his condition from Congress MPs from the Telangana region. Singh, who arrived from Russia last night, met a couple of Congress MPs from the Telangana region and enquired from them about the health condition of Rao, who is on an indefinite fast for the past 10 days demanding a separate Telangana state.

Parliament also conveyed its concern over the situation and members urged PM to intervene and defuse the crisis immediately and persuade Rao to withdraw his fast.

Congress MPs are understood to have told the Prime Minister that the situation in Andhra was "serious and urgent steps have to be taken to bring it under control".

KCR still critical

On the 11th day of his indefinite fast demanding a separate Telangana, doctors said Rao was showing signs of protein malnutrition and should call off his fast failing which his condition would further deteriorate.

"He is very weak and should resume oral feeds immediately failing which his general condition would deteriorate further which has been communicated by the team of doctors to Rao and his family members," a health bulletin issued by the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), where he is admitted, said.

"He is showing signs of protein malnutrition in the form of decreased protein in blood and is becoming weaker," it said.

In the evening the medical bulletin from the hospital said IV drips were being to him now and there was marginal improvement.

Hyderabad tense

The state, especially capital Hyderabad, is on the edge due to the rapidly deteriorating health condition of Chandrashekhara Rao and the massive agitation being led by the TRS.

The police have literally locked down Greater Hyderabad area – the epicentre of the agitation -over fears of more violence over the boiling statehood issue.

The Osmania and the Kakatiya universities have also been shutdown for 10 days after students from other regions of Telengana used them as their base while resorting to violence to press for the creation of a separate state.

As a precautionary measure, at least 12,000 policemen have been deployed in the city; prohibitory orders have been put in place since 6pm yesterday.

Also, Section 144 has been imposed in as many as ten districts of the state.

However, all efforts by Congress led state government to restore normalcy and hammer out a compromise with the TRS leader have not yielded just yet.

Today morning as soon as the Assembly convened, the TRS MLAs once again asked Chief Minister K Rosaiah to bring in a resolution for Telengana, especially in view of the falling health of their leader.

But, the CM was not inclined to take a call on his own without consulting the party high command. He only said that it is not the right moment to bring in a resolution.

The state Congress and its ally Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen have left it to the Congress high command to take a final decision. However, there has been no official word from the central leadership.

All major Opposition parties including Telugu Desam Party, BJP, Praja Rajyam Party, Lok Satta and the Left have extended their support for a separate state for Telengana.


First Published: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 19:28


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