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Telangana: Deliver on your promise, KCR tells PM

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Oct 02, 2011 at 01:40pm IST

New Delhi: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday sat on a protest fast at Rajghat as the agitation over separate statehood entered its 20th day.

Addressing reporters at Rajghat, KCR said that he would not compromise till a separate state of Telangana was created.

He pointed that the Congress had promised to accept the demand before elections, adding that the call for a Telangana state had been there even before the formation of Andhra Pradesh.

“Many people have sacrificed their life in the struggle for Telangana. How long will the people of Telangana suffer?” said Rao.

Rao also appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to act in this regard and deliver what was promised.

“I am requesting the Prime Minister to please take action… please deliver what you had promised in Parliament,” he said.

Referring to Rajghat, the site of the fast, Rao said that he wanted to continue his struggle as non violent and democratic movement.

When asked about Congress’ Andhra Pradesh in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee calling the Telangana demand a complicated issue, Rao said, “Their minds are complicated, it’s polluted. They are joking. How long are you going to consult and talk?”

He was accompanied by other TRS MLAs and representatives of employee unions.

The Telangana leader is also likely to meet Central leaders in New Delhi.

Earlier on Sunday, Azad had said that consultations at national level were needed on the issue and a decision could be taken after all talks were over.

"The agitation is crippling life and affecting citizens, but should stop as government is in process of consultations over the issue," said Azad.

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