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Anger Over Delay In Govt's Decision On New Indian State
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1250741/1/.html
Source Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Country: India
Created: Jan 28, 2013

INDIA: Protests are simmering on the streets of the Andhra Pradesh state capital, Hyderabad, in India. Anger is growing as the federal government deferred a decision on the formation of a new state.

In December, the central government had said it would decide within a month, on a proposal to form a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

It now says more time is needed for consultations on the issue.

Congress leader Nabi Azad said: "It's not the time. But we will invite them, as I said Chief Minister and PCC President, and senior leaders of Andhra Pradesh as early as possible."

Pro-Telangana activists launched a 36-hour protest on Sunday to mount pressure on the government to concede to their demand.

A university in the state capital saw violent protests and police used tear gas to disperse the students demanding a separate state.

"The governor of the state is doing nothing. Students are protesting for a separate state but he is not doing anything," said Karate Raju, a pro-Telangana protester.

The final decision on a new state lies with the Indian parliament. But the state assembly must also pass a resolution approving its creation.

K Tarakrama Rao, a pro-Telangana leader said: "It's extremely irresponsible. It's an insult to the democratic institution called parliament. It's an insult to Telangana as well."

The call for a separate Telangana state has been going on for some 40 years.

In December 2009, the government in the centre promised that Telangana would be formed.

With a population of 40 million, the proposed state comprises of 10 of Andhra Pradesh's 23 districts, including Hyderabad, India's sixth biggest city.

Anti-Telangana people fear that if a new state is carved out, India's IT hub of Hyderabad could become Telangana's new capital.

- CNA/xq
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