Govt promises decision on Telangana statehood within a month

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 09:56 hrs

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said a decision on the Telangana statehood issue would be made known in a month's time.

After an all party meeting on the issue, which reportedly ended inconclusively, Shinde said he has gathered all the views of parties in camera and assured that this is the last such all party meeting and a decision would be taken within a month

"I heard in camera and I am sure there would a way forward. I urge youth to maintain peace. The government is taking a decision on this and it would be good," said Shinde.

"This will be the last meeting of all parties, I have said. I am fully satisfied and everybody went happily," he claimed.

Representative of the Congress, YSR Congress, TDP, BJP, TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is spearheading the protests), CPI, CPI-M and the Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) took part in the meeting.

While this year the protests over Telangana were rather less in fury, 2011 saw widespread protests for a separate state that put pressure on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for bifurcation of the state, with pro-Telangana groups demanding a state carving out the Telangana region with Andhra Pradesh'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.

The BJP, the TRS and the CPI have announced their support for a separate Telangana state, but the CPI-M has been opposing the creation of small states. The Congress, the TDP and YSR Congress have not made their stand clear on the issue.

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