With the ruling Congress party`s move to make Telangana India`s 29th state, it has set off separate statehood demands across the country.
The centre`s statement that it needs more time to take a decision on demand for separate statehood has evoked sharp reaction from Telangana groups.
Congress on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar drop Belgaum district incharge minister Umesh Katti from the Cabinet for his repeated demand for separate statehood for North Karnataka.
Siddaramaiah rejected the idea of separate statehood for North Karnataka in the light of District-in-Charge Minister`s remarks favouring it.
Chidambaram had earlier invited the Chief Minister as well as leaders of ENPO to discuss the separate statehood demand.
An 18-year old engineering student allegedly committed suicide over demand for statehood for Telangana, police said on Monday.
As part of the strike, the pro-Telangana employees stayed away from work in Hyderabad and other places in the region.
Asserting that their commitment to separate Telangana is unwavering, Congress MPs from Telangana region said there is no move to dilute the ongoing separate statehood agitation.
Congress MPs and MLAs from
Telangana on Sunday said nothing short of separate statehood for
Telangana would be acceptable to them.
An all party meeting today decided to
give Vidarbha bandh call on January 20 in support of a demand
of separate state for the region.
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