Telangana is poised to become the 29th state of India as the UPA is slated to take a final call on the issue of Andhra Pradesh bifurcation today. Here are the highlights of the developments:
7.41 pm: Reacting to the go-ahead to the creation of a separate state for Telangana,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the Congress was compelled to take the decision. Terming it as a victory for the people of Telangana,BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the decision was taken because of the struggle of the people and the pressure created by “parties like us”.
7.32 pm: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said the creation of the state of Telangana is likely to take four to five months.
7.18 pm: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said after 10 years,a new place would be identified to be made the capital of Seemandhra. According to him,the government of India will propose the issue to the Andhra Pradesh government.
He said that the decision to create Telangana has not been a hasty one,adding that concerns of Seemandhra such as water sharing would be addressed promptly.
7.11 pm: Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken and party general secretary Digvijaya Singh make the official announcement of Telangana getting a go-ahead from the CWC and the UPA coordination committee.
Maken said the Centre would be asked to take steps to create a special state for Telangana.
Hyderabad is slated to become the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for a period of 10 years.
6.47 pm: Reports say that celebration have begun at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) office in Hyderabad after the proposal for separate statehood getting clearance from the Congress Working Committee and the UPA coordination committee.
6.35 pm: The Congress Working Committee has endorsed separate statehood for Telangana. This came after the UPA coordination committee gave its go-ahead to the creation of Telangana.
5.40 pm: The meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting,which is slated to take the final call on the Telangana statehood issue,has begun. Congress president Sonia Gandhi,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde,Finance Minister P Chidambaram,party general secretary Digvijaya Singh and Andhra Pradesh in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad are attending the meeting.
5.10 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi meet Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy over Telangana statehood.
5.05 pm: The UPA coordination committee has unanimously endorsed the proposal for creation of a separate state of Telangana.
4.55 pm: The crucial meet of the UPA coordination committee on the issue of statehood for Telangana has ended. A final decision on the issue of Andhra Pradesh bifurcation is expected soon.
4.32 pm: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reaches the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He is expected to meet the Prime Minister and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over the Telangana statehood.
4.29 pm: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh asks mediapersons to wait for some time when asked about the possible decision on Telangana statehood.
4.20 pm: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has been asked by the Congress leadership to not resign in protest against the decision to create Telangana.
4.10 pm: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA has begun its meeting at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take a final decision on the issue of separate statehood for Telangana.
Before the crucial meeting of the UPA leadership,Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the Telangana issue. The meeting was held even as both pro-Telangana and anti-Telangana leaders continued with their pressure tactics.
While the Congress,along with YSR Congress,have been neutral on the issue throughout the movement,the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the CPI(M) have been opposed to a separate state of Telangana.
However,several parties,including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS),CPI and Telugu Desam Party (TDP),have supported the idea of a separate statehood for Telangana.