Telangana: Andhra CM meets Sonia

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 16:05 hrs

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi here and discussed the Telangana statehood issue.

Earlier on Monday, Reddy reached Delhi and met Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to discuss the Telangana issue.

Azad is in charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

On Jan 27, the Centre deferred a decision on whether the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh should be carved into a separate state, prompting sharp criticism of the ruling Congress party by the Opposition and activists.

Protests have long rocked Andhra Pradesh for a separate Telangana state exerting pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre to expedite the bifurcation of the state, carving out the Telangana region with AP's current capital Hyderabad as its main city.

The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many locals, comprises of 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.

As the movement to divide the state gained momentum, politicians from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions want the state of 85 million people to remain unified, and especially oppose tearing out the IT-hub city Hyderabad that would affect the state's economy.

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