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Rajnath Singh demands PM''s statement on Telangana issue

Rajnath Singh demands PM''s statement on Telangana issueNagpur/Hyderabad, Jan 28 : With the Congress-led UPA II Government deferring a decision on the Telangana statehood demand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Monday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on this matter.

"On the Telangana issue, the Congress-led UPA Government had assured that we will form a separate Telangana state. The Bharatiya Janata Party has been of the view and has been agitating for the last 25 years that a separate Telangana state should be formed. We have raised the issue of a separate Telangana state both outside and inside the Parliament. But even now, this government has been dilatory on this issue," Singh told the media here.

"I and the people of Telangana want to know from the Congress-led UPA Government as to by when the formulation of a separate Telangana state will take place and the Prime Minister should give a statement in this regard," he added.

Congress Party today played safe on the Telangana statehood demand, saying it is a very sensitive one and a decision in this regard would be taken at an appropriate time.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said the sentiments of the people of Andhra are attached to the Telangana statehood issue.

"The Telangana issue is a very sensitive issue. It is an emotional issue. Sentiments of the people of Andhra are attached to it. Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is the in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, has already given his statement in this regard. At an appropriate time, the decision will be taken and will be announced," he said.

The BJP and the Left Parties have hit out at the Congress-led UPA II Government for deferring its decision on the Telangana issue and asked it make its stand clear on the concerned matter.

Meanwhile, the angry pro-Telangana protesters in Hyderabad tried to break police barricades today as they made their way to Indira Park, where a large protest is being held against the Central Government deferring a decision on whether Andhra Pradesh should be split to create a separate state.

Hyderabad Police is on alert in wake of the ongoing protests.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde made it clear on Sunday that a decision on the contentious Telangana statehood demand will be delayed further, as the government needed more time to arrive at a final decision on the issue.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has threatened to intensify its stir for a separate state a day after Centre deferred its own January 28 deadline, evoking sharp reactions from the pro-Telangana groups.

Shinde had set a one-month deadline for a decision in December when he had invited two representatives from each party to know their views afresh on the Telangana issue in New Delhi.

The meeting was held to bring out the views of all parties on the demand to create a separate Telangana state.

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which is to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum after the Congress party ruled government accepted the demand in principle. (ANI)