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KCR health deteriorates, without solution to Telangana డిసెంబర్ 8, 2009

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KCR health deteriorates; no solution yet to his Telangana demand
Wed, 2009-12-09 02:38 — editor

From Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai, 09 December (Asiantribune.com):

As his fast-unto-death enters 10th day, TRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao is reported to be in critical condition in hospital. His doctors say it’s imperative that KCR break his hunger fast.

“The team of doctors, after careful examination of Rao’s health, felt that he should break his fast immediately. Otherwise, it might lead to serious complications,” K Prasada Rao, Director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), told media persons.

KCR ignored doctors’ appeal for giving up his indefinite fast. Senior TRS MLA and Rao’s nephew T Harish Rao said party leaders and family members too urged the party President to break the fast but he did not agree.

As an insistent TRS chief refused to budge to the appeal of doctors to call off his protest, Chief Minister K Rosaiah is leaving for New Delhi on Wednesday for consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the sensitive issue which has divided the party on regional lines in the state.

The Mahabubnagar MP has made it clear that he would call off the fast only after the government gave a categorical assurance on carving a separate Telangana state. He was also ready to end the fast if the state assembly passed a resolution urging the central government to grant statehood to the Telangana region, which comprises 10 districts including Greater Hyderabad.

Uproar in the Assembly

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly saw uproar following TRS members’ disruption of the House over the issue after the government failed to come up with a resolution for separate Telangana.

Protests continued across Telangana region while the TRS MLAs forced adjournment of the state Assembly without transacting any business today.

The Assembly witnessed exchange of slogans between the TRS MLAs and Congress MLAs hailing from Rayalaseema region.

While the TRS legislators raised the “Jai Telangana” cry, the Rayalaseema Congress MLAs raised the “Jai Andhra Pradesh” slogans forcing Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy to adjourn the proceedings for the day.

BJP holds dharna in support

Outside the Assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a dharna demanding that the government immediately table a resolution in the House seeking creation of Telangana.

Led by BJP state president Bandaru Dattatreya, the protestors, holding party flags and raising slogans of “Jai Telangana”, squatted on the road. Police arrested Dattatreya, party legislator Kishan Reddy and several others.

The TRS demanded that the Congress MLAs, including ministers, from the region should quit their posts so as to bring their party high command on to the knees and concede their demand for carving out a separate state.

‘No Telangana without Greater Hyderabad’

A group of TRS workers also staged protests at the residence of state Health Minister Danam Nagender against his demand for union territory status to Greater Hyderabad.

Stating that there could be no Telangana without Greater Hyderabad and raising slogans against the minister, TRS activists tried to barge into his house and clashed with the police and the minister’s supporters.

Earlier at a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Monday, Nagender and his ministerial colleague Mukesh Goud from Greater Hyderabad had demanded that the city should not be included in a separate Telangana state. Instead, they proposed, it should be given the status of union territory in view of the large population of “settlers” from other parts of the state.

Hectic consultations in Delhi

The party’s High Command held hectic consultations with its MPs from the state on Tuesday, amid diverse pulls and pressures. Almost all the 12 Congress MPs from Telengana region, who favour immediate creation of a separate state, met Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is also in charge of the party affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Party MPs from other parts of the state, including Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of late Chief Minister Y S Rajashekhar Reddy, also met Moily.

The consultations followed an all-party meeting held in Hyderabad by Chief Minister K Rosiah in a bid to resolve the sensitive issue.
A party spokesperson said that the Congress’ stand remains that it is in principle not opposed to a separate state as long as “there is a consensus” on the issue.

But the party may soon have to take a more decided stand. On December 10, all groups supporting the Telagana cause have called a “Chalo Assembly” bandh where people have been asked to march to Hyderabad to protest outside the Assembly. There are growing fears that this demonstration will lead to violence on the streets.

Armed reserve police have been summoned from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to work with local policemen and security forces to prevent protesters from entering Hyderabad.

– Asian Tribune –

http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2009/12/09/kcr-health-deteriorates-no-solution-yet-his-telangana-demand

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