TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao
was on fast onto death demanding for separate Telangana state.
Violence in Osmania University following TRS chief’s arrest:
At least 10 students were injured Sunday as clashes broke out
between police and students at Osmania University here following the
arrest of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara
Rao in Karimnagar....
Better make Hyderabad a union territory, say Andhra ministers
New Delhi / Hyderabad:
Buckling under pressure the Centre on Wednesday night conceded the
demand for a separate Telangana State for which the process will be
initiated and an appropriate resolution moved in the Andhra Pradesh
The decision was taken at a late night meeting Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh had with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah
after two rounds of consultation in the Congress core committee with
Sonia Gandhi and senior Cabinet colleagues.
"After these consultations I am making this statement. The process
of forming the state of Telangana will be initiated. An appropriate
resolution will be moved in the State Assembly," Home Minister P
Chidambaram told reporters late in the night.
Chidambaram said the Centre had requested Rosaiah to withdraw cases
against leaders, students and those associated with the 'separate
Telangana' agitation. Rosaiah informed the Centre that he would take
the necessary steps.
After nearly one-hour long meeting at the Prime Minister's residence
Andhra Chief Minister Rosaiah left for the airport to take a special
aircraft back to Hyderabad where he is expected to go straight to
the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences to convey the news to Rao
and appeal to him to withdraw the fast.
The Centre and the Congress party were forced to take such a step
after a further deterioration in the health of TRS chief K
Chandrasekhar Rao, whose fast-unto-death entered the 11th day on
Wednesday, and simmering tension in the entire Telangana region
raised apprehensions of the worst.