Telangana: Andhra CM meets PM

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 12:18 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IBNS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and discussed the Telangana statehood issue.

Reddy also met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on the issue.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister arrived in New Delhi on Monday and met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and 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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