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When news trickled in that the Bill was passed, celebrations erupted at Telangana Bhavan and across the state.

Hyderabad |
February 19, 2014 12:49:40 am

At 3: 23 pm, people turned euphoric in Telangana as the struggle for a separate state ended with the Lok Sabha passing the Telangana Bill. Thousands gathered at Telangana Bhavan, the headquarters of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) spearheading the agitation since 2001.

Carrying firecrackers, garlands and colours, they waited as Lok Sabha reconvened at 3 pm. When news trickled in that the Bill was passed, celebrations erupted at Telangana Bhavan and across the state. Cakes were cut to celebrate the birth of Telangana state.

People gathered on main roads and streets, hugged each other and distributed sweets. Raising “Jai Telangana” slogans, they rushed to offices of TRS and Congress to celebrate with the leaders.
TRS leader K T Rama Rao described it a victory of Telangana people and a tribute to all who died for the separate state.

“It is a great day for Telangana and its people. Decades-old fight has ended and the dreams of lakhs of Telangana people to have their own state has been realized. I appeal to Seemandhra people living here that they have nothing to worry about safety and security,’’ Rao said.

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There was jubilation at the residence of TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao, who turned 70 on Monday. A large number of TRS workers and supporters called Telangana his birthday gift. KCR who was in Parliament when the Bill was passed, said later that it was a great victory for people of Telangana.

“Telangana people struggled and sacrificed a lot in the fight for a separate state. It is a tribute to them, and all those who perished fighting,’’ KCR said.

TRS Rajya Sabha member K Keshava Rao said the creation of the state is dedicated to all those who died fighting in the 60 years of agitation.

Hundreds of students of Osmania University sang and danced. The students who were at the forefront of numerous agitations and protests and had clashed with police observed a moment’s silence to pay homage to those who died for Telangana.

“It is a great achievement and victory for Telangana students and people. Our struggle to get jobs, lands, and our share of resources that are rightfully ours has come to an end,’’ student leader T Vinay said. Professors and lecturers including Prof B Kodandaram, who led the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) congratulated the students.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has called a press meet Wednesday morning. He has sought an appointment with Governor E S L Narasimhan.

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