Statehood

  • Full statehood for Delhi is first demand from new PM: Harsh Vardhan May 25, 2014

    Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said the first issue he will take up for the city with the new Prime Minister would be grant of full statehood to the national capital as it would help overcoming the problem of multiplicity of authorities. Vardhan, who was BJP's Chief Ministerial nominee...
  • People have lost faith in GJM chief Bimal Gurung: Trinamool August 26, 2013

    Even as life continued to be paralysed in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills following an intensified separatist movement by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the state's ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday claimed that people have lost faith in the Gorkha leadership. "I feel people have lost faith in Bimal Gurung," Trinamool Congress...
  • Pro-united Andhra employees continue to protest unabated against AP bifurcation August 22, 2013

    The coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions continued to simmer over the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh as supporters of united Andhra Pradesh organised massive protests across the two regions. On the 23rd day after the Congress announced its decision in favour of separate Telangana, the agitators organised a huge congregation of...
  • Protests over division of AP compel students to migrate to other states August 21, 2013

    Prolonged agitations in Andhra Pradesh since 2009 for and against the division of the state have hit the student community hard with many of them migrating to other states for pursuing professional courses. Frequent bandhs, rallies, road blockades and strikes have been a regular phenomenon ever since the issue of...
  • Congress brought Food Bill, Telangana proposal to woo voters: SP August 17, 2013

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday charged Congress-led UPA government with tabling Food Security Bill and approving the creation of Telangana state with an eye on 2014 Lok Sabha polls. "Congress is doing vote bank politics and is afraid of facing Lok Sabha polls... This is the reason,...
  • Telangana statehood: Minister's wife fasting for six days shifted to hospital August 16, 2013

    Wife of an Andhra Pradesh minister, who was on fast for last six days in Kakinada town opposing state's bifurcation, was forcibly shifted to a hospital by the police in the early hours of Friday. Thota Vani, wife of Stamps and Registration Minister Thota Narasimham, was bodily lifted by police women...
  • Cong leader Naresh Pugalia bats for Vidarbha, says demand not confined to Nagpur August 13, 2013

    The demand for separate Vidarbha is not just confined to Nagpur and this myth is being spread by those opposed to statehood for this backward region of Maharashtra, according to Naresh Pugalia, senior Congress leader and firm supporter of the cause. Pugalia, a former MP and trade unionist, who has remained...
  • Telangana statehood: Seemandhra employees go on indefinite strike August 13, 2013

    The protest in Seemandhra over the central government's decision to carve out separate Telangana state is set to intensify with the government employees going ahead with their indefinite strike from Monday midnight. Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGO) association, which represents employees of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra) announced its decision to...
  • Rajagopal vows to step up protests until Centre withdraws Telangana decision August 11, 2013

    Hyderabad: Congress leader Lagadapati Rajagopal, who recently resigned as MP over the decision to split Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday vowed to continue the agitation for the unified state until Centre withdraws its decision on proposed creation of Telangana. "The Congress decided to bifurcate the state even though 89 per cent...
  • Statehood only after water, power issues are addressed: Reddy August 9, 2013

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said Hyderabad on Thursday that the formation of Telangana state ought to begin only after addressing issues such as water and power sharing between the two states, besides the status of Hyderabad city in future. He also said that all stakeholders who have...
  • All-party delegation from Vidarbha meets PM, seeks Rs 5,000 crore aid August 8, 2013

    An all-party delegation from Vidarbha, hit by unprecedented heavy rains, n Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought an assistance of Rs 5,000 crore to tackle the massive losses. The delegation comprising several senior Congress and NCP leaders, including Union Minister Praful Patel, AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik, former...
  • India may have 50 states if all demands of new states conceded August 4, 2013

    New Delhi: India may have at least 50 states in future if demands for new states are to be conceded as the Home Ministry has received representations for creation of more than 20 states. The demands for separate states have come from across the country -- for Kukiland in Manipur to...
  • Mumbai fine the way it is: B-town reacts to Shobhaa De's tweet August 4, 2013

    Mumbai: Reacting to celebrity author Shobhaa De's tweet speaking of separate statehood for Mumbai, Bollywood filmmakers have said that they love their city as it is. Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, known for movies like 'Arth' and 'Saaransh', says "Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and that is how it should stay". "There...
  • Assam: Bandh called for separate Bodoland, train services affected August 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The trains services to the North East in Bodoland have been disrupted due to the bandh called for separate statehood. Several trains including Brahmaputra Mail, Garibrath have been stranded at New Jalpaiguri railway station. The passengers are having a difficult time due to the delays. Meanwhile, Assam Chief...
  • Vidarbha statehood: My party will go with the will of the people, says Praful Patel August 3, 2013

    Congress Working Committee unanimously passed a resolution for the creation of Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh....
  • Telangana fallout: 2 dead in violence as demand for 'Bodoland' grows in Assam August 2, 2013

    Diphu: After the Telangana announcement by the Congress, the demand for separate statehood has grown louder in other regions as well. Violent protests have engulfed the districts of Karbi, Anglong and Dima Hasao in Assam, where protesters are demanding a separate state. As large-scale arson broke out, the Army, called in...
  • Assam: Violent protests erupt over demand of separate Karbi Anglong state, 2 killed August 1, 2013

    Diphu (Assam)/Darjeeling: Two persons were killed in police firing in escalating violence in the agitation for a separate Karbi Anglong state in Assam on the lines of Telangana which also spurred GJM on Thursday to call for an indefinite bandh in Darjeeling from Saturday for Gorkhaland. As large-scale arson broke out,...
  • Any talk of TRS merger with Cong after state formation : K Kavitha Rao August 1, 2013

    K Kavitha Rao, founder of Telangana Jagruthi and TRS chief K Chandrashekhara Rao's daughter, joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the statehood to Telangana. Q. Madam, At the outset congratulation on birth of a new state......I am from vizag but I was a part of Jharkhand...
  • Division of states will only weaken our country, says Anna Hazare August 1, 2013

    Creation of a Telangana state will not only encourage demand for new states but also new districts and this will only weaken the country, social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare said in Azamgarh on Thursday. "The process which has been started by the government would not just encourage the demands...
  • MNS slams Shobhaa De's tweet on statehood for Mumbai July 31, 2013

    Mumbai: Hitting out at writer Shobhaa De over her tweet that Mumbai should be a separate state, MNS chief Raj Thackeray said it's not quite as easy as getting a divorce. In the light of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the Mumbai-based writer hinted that Mumbai could fancy itself becoming an...
  • Violence in Assam over demands for Karbi Anglong state July 31, 2013

    Guwahati/Diphu: Violence erupted in Assam on Wednesday in support of a separate Karbi Anglong state in which houses of a Congress MP and MLA were attacked, prompting the police to fire in the air to quell them. Demanding that a separate state be carved out of Assam along the lines...
  • Telangana decision taken in haste, says Pallam Raju July 31, 2013

    While the Congress Working Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution for creation of Telangana state, Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju says that the execution of Telanagana will step up the demand for statehood for other states. ...
  • Osmania University students welcome Congress's Telangana announcement July 31, 2013

    Osmania University, which has been the centre of protests demanding the formation of Telangana, has welcomed the Congress's announcement on the Telangana state. The ruling Congress on Tuesday reluctantly agreed to create a new state of Telangana by dividing India's 4th largest state Andhra Pradesh. ...
  • United Andhra activists call for bandh as Congress clears Telangana July 31, 2013

    Hyderabad: A day after the Congress cleared the creation of Telangana, united Andhra Pradesh activists have called for a bandh in nine coastal districts of Andhra and four districts of Rayalaseema. Protestors have also threatened to stall bus services while a few schools are shut. Heavy security has been deployed,...
  • CWC to decide on Telangana, Centre sends more security forces to Andhra July 29, 2013

    According to reports, 10 additional companies of paramilitary forces have been sent to the state as India moves closer to getting the 29th state in the form of Telangana. ...
  • UPA set to decide on Telangana, Centre sends more forces to Andhra July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Congress prepares to take a decision on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana, additional forces have been rushed to the state by the Union Home Ministry to maintain law and order. Union Home Ministry is in touch with the Andhra Pradesh DGP to monitor the law and...
  • Telangana decision at Cong Working Committee meet on Tuesday: Digvijaya July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting on Tuesday, senior party leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday said that a decision on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana will be taken at the meet. However, Digvijaya clarified that the he was not aware about the agenda of CWC meet. The...
  • Telangana under consideration: How a new state is created July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The Telangana statehood issue which first came out in the open in 1960s may take some more time to officially get a separate identity. The UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee are likely to meet on Tuesday at 5.30 pm to decide on the bifurcation of...
  • Congress ready to bite the bullet on Telangana, final call on Tuesday July 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The struggle for a separate Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh seems to be in the final stages despite the bumpy road ahead. Under pressure from Andhra Pradesh leaders including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee are likely to...
  • Congress Core Group meeting on Telangana ends, final call left to CWC July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress leadership on Friday discussed the Telangana issue amid mounting speculation that the party may be veering round towards creation of a separate state. But a final call will be taken by the party's highest decision-making body the Working Committee, party sources said after Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister...