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Telangana leaders get violent in New Delhi

Posted by on July 21, 2011 0 Comment

New Delhi: Senior leaders of the TRS party kicked down doors at Andhra Pradesh Bahwan in Delhi today before they hit a man inside.

They said they were protesting against “the lack of respect” shown for the dead body of a man from Telangana who committed suicide in Delhi yesterday.

Among those at the centre of today’s assault were Harish Rao and K T Rao, whose father, K Chandrasekhar Rao heads their party, the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS), and has fronted the campaign for a new state of Telangana.

Yesterday, 30-year-old Adi Reddy was found dead near Parliament House in Delhi. An eight-page suicide note reportedly said the young driver from the Ranga Reddy region of Telangana was upset over the government not creating a new state for his homeland.

The emotionally and politically charged issue of whether to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh has crowbarred its way to the national agenda, with Congress MPs and MLAs resigning in protest against their party’s inertia on the issue at the centre. Those who’ve resigned say just the process of discussion will not persuade them to get back to work. “If we don’t stick to our resignation, how will we face the people during the local body elections?” asked Geetha Reddy, a Congress minister in Andhra Pradesh.

In December 2009, the Centre in a surprise midnight announcement said a new Telangana state would be created. That didn’t go down well with leaders from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Wide dissent and violent protests led to the centre withdrawing its offer. The Srikrishna Committee was appointed to tour the state and gauge public and political opinion. The panel presented the centre with six options for the future of Andhra Pradesh. The government has yet to pick one. NDTV

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