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Telangana will have 17 districts

The TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao is confident that a separate Telangana is going to be reality sooner than later. He was speaking to the media in Hyderabad on Sunday. KCR said that there are seven districts in Telangana at present.

But once a separate state is formed, then the state will have 17 districts. His logic is simple; the area has 17 parliamentary constituencies at present. Each of the parliamentary constituency will be converted into a district.

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    RB-II launch postponed in seven districts

    2011/11/2 17:01:36
    Hyderabad, Nov 2 (INN): The launch of second phase of Rachabanda programme in seven districts has been postponed.

    According to Principal Secretary (Planning) SP Tucker, the programme has been postponed as per the decision taken by the District-in-Charge ministers concerned. As per the new schedule, the Rachabanda-II will be launched on Nov 3 in Anantapur district, on Nov 4 in Warangal and Nizamabad, on Nov 5 in Khammam and Srikakulam and on Nov 8 in Hyderabad and Karimnagar districts.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has launched the programme at Jaggampet in East Godavari district on Wednesday. The programme has commenced in 16 districts including some districts of Telangana region. On day one, the programme was launched in 30 mandals and two wards in 16 districts in the State. (INN)

    Andhra News : RB-II launch postponed in seven districts

    Did KCR misguide his own people?

    2011/9/21 14:35:28

    TRS president KCR often used to say that Telangana region is the most backward in the entire state and he blames Seemandhra leaders for it. Several times, he stated in the media that, except Hyderabad twin cities entire Telangana region is very backward and has no other sources of income because it was looted by Seemandhra leaders.

    The same person, KCR today addressing the Electrical employees at Hyderabad has said that 73% of the total income generated in the state is from Telangana region only and the income of the 9 districts in the Telangana region is greater than the rest of the 13 districts in the state.

    Did this mean that he and his family members are fooling their own people to drive them into agitations? When, the Telangana region is in financially in such a sound condition, then it is not Telangana but Seemandhra which need to agitate for separate state. But, unfortunately he drives his own people to such a point that, there is no chance to return.

    Andhra News : Did KCR misguide his own people?

    CPI against 'Rayala Telangana'

    2011/9/29 15:23:56 Communist Party of India state secretary K Narayana on Thursday stated that his party would opposed to the proposal of including Kurnool and Anantapur districts in the yet to be formed Telangana state.

    Talking to media persons at party office, the CPI leader alleged that he Centre came up with this proposal only to divert attention of people. He asked the Centre to explain the logic behind inclusion of Kurnool and Anantapur and exclusion of Kadapa and Chittoor from the proposed Telangana. He said the agitation path would be diverted if Kurnool and Anantapur districts are made of 'Rayala-Telangana'.

    Narayana advised the Telangana leaders, particularly TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, not to fall victims to the tricks of Centre. He said that his party was against the proposal and would oppose it tooth and nail. (INN)

    Andhra News : CPI against 'Rayala Telangana'

    Babu's rath enters Telangana

    2008/5/3 14:20:00 The TDP chief Chandra Babu Naidu is now on his 150-day yathra 'Mee Kosam'. Babu's ratham entered Telangana in the wee hours of Saturday. Babu was received by enthusiastic party workers when he reached Nagarjun Sagar bordering on Guntur and Nalgonda districts. Babu is now en-route to Mirayalguda.

    Babu will have a tough time campaigning in Telangana as the sensitive 'separate Telangana' issue is likely to crop up at every place he goes now. He will have to be careful with his speeches in Telangana. It would be interesting to see how Babu will tackle this sensitive issue, now that he is in the midst of Telangana people.

    Andhra News : Babu's rath enters Telangana

    Centre is in favour of Telangana: KCR

    2011/9/28 17:31:35 Claiming that the Centre was in favour of Telangana state, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhara Rao on Wednesday stated that the government was yet to take a decision on the State capital Hyderabad.

    Addressing at Non-Teaching Nagara convention being held at Telangana Bhavan, K Chandrasekhar Rao made it clear that a separate Telangana state without Hyderabad as the capital would not be acceptable to people of Telangana. He warned the Centre and state government against any proposal to make Hyderabad a union territory.

    ‚ÄúTelangana state without Hyderabad will be a body without head. I am warning the prime minister and chief minister that any such proposal will have disastrous consequences,‚ÄĚ he said. Stating that Centre was finding other alternatives, KCR warned that Telangana without Hyderabad as state capital would lead to another agitation.

    However, sources say that MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has conveyed a Centre's proposal to KCR on Wednesday of having a Telangana state by including Kurnool and Anantapur districts from the Rayalaseema region. KCR reportedly said that he was not opposed to merging of Kurnool and Anantapur districts in Telangana as it would not cause any irrigation problems.

    The Centre was also considering giving Union Territory status to Hyderabad. However, KCR has reportedly rejected both the proposal. (INN)

    Andhra News : Centre is in favour of Telangana: KCR

    T-JAC's Mahaboobnagar bandh peaceful

    2011/10/14 9:25:17

    All commercial establishments and services in Mahabubnagar district have remained shut on Friday following a bandh call given by the district Telangana Joint Action Committee.

    The JAC has given a call for bandh call demanding lifting of cases booked against those participating agitations in connection with the on-going Sakala Janula Samme demanding statehood for Telangana region. The JAC has also demanded immediate release of Telangana activists from the districts who were arrested by the police.

    Besides commercial establishments, all educational institutions and petrol bunks too remained closed on Friday. However, the general traffic was not affected due to the bandh. Meanwhile, the Yoga Samithi and Palamulu Walker took out a rally demanding withdrawal of cases booked against Telangana activists.

    Police have intensified the security in the entire districts in view of the bandh. (INN)

    Andhra News : T-JAC's Mahaboobnagar bandh peaceful

    RTC operates over 2,000 buses in Telangana

    2011/10/14 12:19:14
    Hyderabad, Oct 14 (INN): State Road Transport Corporation Managing Director Prasada Rao on Friday stated that the corporation was able to operate 2,223 services across the Telangana region on Friday.

    Talking to media persons, Prasada Rao said the RTC would be making all efforts to operate more number of services with the striking employees joining their duties in a phased manner. With more number of employees calling off the strike and joining their duties, the RTC has been doing its best to operate maximum number of services to facilitate commuters in the all districts, he said.

    Stating that services have been increasing in Telangana region, he said that 342 services were operated in Khammam district followed by 20 in Warangal, 15 each in Nalgonda, 10 in Karimnagar and two services in Nizamabad. However, as many as 1,844 bus services have been resumed in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

    Prasada Rao said the RTC has been making efforts to run long-distance services covering Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh districts. (INN)

    Andhra News : RTC operates over 2,000 buses in Telangana

    Heavy rainfall warning issued for 10 districts

    2011/9/1 19:18:20 Heavy rains have continued to play the havoc across the state on Thursday. Several villages in the Telangana and coastal Andhra districts got inundated or cut-off due to heavy rains.

    More than 25 villages got cut-off in Adilabad districts while several villages across the state are facing the threat of complete inundation. The administration has shifted hundreds of people living in the low-lying areas to safer places. Heavy rains have also filled several reservoirs across the State.

    The Jurala Project received 1.90 lakh cusecs of water due to heavy rains in the uptown Narayanpur. Officials say that the inflows could rise to about 2.20 lakh cusecs. Similarly, the inflows into the Srisailam Reservoir are about to touch the danger mark. Against the maximum capacity of 885 feet, the reservoir got 881.6 feet of water. Similarly, against the inflow of 20.9 lakh cusecs, about 80,000 lakh cusecs of water is being released from the project.

    According to met department, Chinnoor in Adilabad district recorded a very heavy rainfall of 14 cm, followed by 12 cm in Kaleswaram of Karimnagar and 10 cm each in Chintapalli of Visakhapatnam and Sirpur of Adilabad district.

    The department said that moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers would occur at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at a few places over Rayalaseema. The department has also issued a heavy rainfall warning in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram,Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari of coastal Andhra Pradesh and in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam of Telangana during next 36 hours.

    However, Hyderabad and its surrounding might get some respite from the rainfall. According to Met Department, sky in the twin cities would be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershowers would occur in parts of city and maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 29 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively. (INN)

    Andhra News : Heavy rainfall warning issued for 10 districts

    Isolated heavy rains forecast for Coastal Andhra

    2011/8/2 13:56:23 The Met Office on Tuesday said that isolated heavy rain may occur in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam of Coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours while Telangana region receive isolated rain during the same period.

    The Met office added that moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers may occur at many places in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari of Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

    Light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at a few places over Telangana, Rayalaseema and in the remaining districts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

    The Met office said that while rain occurred at a few places over Telangana isolated rain occurred over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.

    Itchapuram in Srikakulam district received 8 CM of rain, Cheepurupalli in Vizianagaram district 5 CM, Sompeta in Srikakulam district and received 3 CM.

    In Telangana region, Medak in Medak district received 4 CM, Mednoor in Nizamabad district, Banswada in Nizamabad district, Navipet in Nizamabad district 3 CM, Nizamabad in Nizamabad district, Boath in Adilabad district, Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district received 2 CM of rains.

    The Met Department also said that there would be no large change in the weather conditions in and around Hyderabad city until the morning of August 4, 2011.

    The sky condition would be generally cloudy while rain or thundershowers would occur in parts of city.

    Maximum and Minimum temperatures would be around 31 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively, the Met office said.(INN)

    Andhra News : Isolated heavy rains forecast for Coastal Andhra

    Weather Report on Friday

    2011/8/19 18:44:50 The Met Department has predicted isolated heavy rainfall in coastal Andhra and Telangana districts in the next 48 hours.

    According to weather forecast, isolated rain could occur in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari of coastal Andhra Pradesh and in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad,Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam of Telangana during next 48 hours.

    However, Hydrerabad and its neighbouring areas might get scattered rain and thundershowers. The sky would be generally cloudy in the twin cities. In Hyderabad, Maximum and Minimum temperatures would be around 30 & 22 degrees Celsius respectively.

    The southwest monsoon has been vigorous over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and active over Telangana & Rayalaseema. Rain occurred at most places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and at many places over Telangana & Rayalaseema.

    Highest rainfall of 9 cm has been recorded at Sirpur in Adilabad district. Khammam, Elamanchili (Visakhapatnam dist), Eturnagaram (Warangal dist), Venkatapuram (Khammam dist) received rainfall of 8 cm each while Amalapuram (East Godavari dist), Atmakur (Kurnool dist), Bhimavaram (West Godavari dist) and Paleru Bridge (Krishna dist) got rainfall of 7 cm each. (INN)

    Andhra News : Weather Report on Friday

    Govt indifferent towards Telangana farmers: TRS

    2011/8/16 13:50:24 Telangana Rashtra Samithi floor Leader Etela Rajender on Tuesday accused the State Government and the Telugu Desam party of being indifferent towards the farmersí problems in the Telangana region.

    Talking to media persons at Assembly Media Point, Etela Rajender condemned the state governmentís indiscriminate attitude in redressing farmersí problems of region and asked why the government was not responding promptly on their problems.

    Etala said that the government has appointed a committee under senior IAS Officer Mohan Kanda to look into problems of farmers in Godavari districts who declared `Crop Holidayí in 3 lakh acres. On the other side, the TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu arranged a delegation of national level leaders to visit Godavari districts to get first hand information from the farmers. However, the government showed no seriousness towards the farmers in the Telangana region, he alleged.

    The TRS leader also criticized the police action on Telangana MPs at Gun Park, who came to hoist tri-color to mark 65th Independence Day celebrations. ďThere is no freedom to hoist even tri-colour for Telangana leaders in the region,Ē he pointed out.

    Etala called upon Telangana ministers not to attend the Cabinet meeting convened by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today evening as they would be embarrassed on the lines of MPs at Gun Park.

    Condemning the detention of civil activist Anna Hazare by Delhi police, Etala Rajender extended his full support to agitation against corruption. (INN)

    Andhra News : Govt indifferent towards Telangana farmers: TRS

    Bandh: No impact in city

    2011/10/17 18:01:19 The Telangana Bandh call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee on Monday evoked mixed response. While the bandh impact was not visible in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, normal life was disrupted in other districts in the region.

    The RTC buses plied normally in the twin cities. The auto-rickshaws too plied in the twin cities. However, in other districts very few services were operated under tight security. As many as 596 buses remained parked at six depots of Adilabad, 580 buses in Medak, 930 buses in Warangal, 791 buses in Mahaboobnagar, 629 buses in Khammam, 902 buses in Karimangar and 705 buses in Nalgonda did not ply due to Telangana bandh.

    Several buses coming from Seemandhra region were stopped at NH-9. While nearly 50 protestors were arrested at Narketpalli in Nalgonda district for staging a road blockade on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway, police stopped about 100 buses coming from Vijaywada towards Hyderabad at the check post as a precautionary measure. Buses coming from Kanchikacharla in Krishna district were stopped at Keesra toll gate.

    A majority of educational institutions remained open in Hyderabad and the commercial establishments too did not downed their shutter during the bandh. However, in other districts all educational institutions, shops and establishments, petrol bunks and cinema halls remained closed. Major impact of bandh was seen in Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Mahabubnagar districts. One petrol bunk was also attacked in Warangal.

    The Telangana Joint Action Committee has called for the daylong shutdown to protest against alleged police excesses during the rail blockade. It alleged that false cases were booked against thousands of protestors, including MPs and MLAs, and that the government misused power to suppress the agitation.

    The JAC, which had called for a three-day rail blockade, decided to cut it short to two days and instead called for a Telangana Bandh on Monday.

    Meanwhile, the general strike by government employees across Telangana entered 35th day on Monday. The strike by workers in state-owned Singareni Collieries is also continuing. (INN)

    Andhra News : Bandh: No impact in city

    Unprecedented security for Formation Day

    2011/10/31 17:09:38 Unprecedented security arrangements are in place for the conduct of 55th anniversary of formation of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

    In view of boycott call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee and other groups, elaborate security arrangements have been made in all the 10 districts of the region. In the State Capital of Hyderabad, heavy contingent of police forces have been deployed across the city. The NTR Stadium, the venue for official celebrations where Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will take the salute for ceremonial parade, has been converted into a fortress.

    Elaborate arrangements have also been made at Khairtabad crossroads where the Chief Minister is scheduled to launch Rs 1 a kg rice scheme.

    Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner AK Khan has warned of serious action if any one tries to disrupt the law and order situation in the city. The City police have already clamped the Section 144 till November 6.

    The State Cabinet has empowered the District Collectors to lead the Formation Day celebrations in their districts. The decision was apparently taken to avoid confrontation in the Telangana districts, where the pro-Telangana groups have asked the ministers and MLAs to stay away from the celebrations.

    The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has decided to hoist a black flag at its party headquarters Telangana Bhavan in Banjara Hills on Tuesday. Former minister Komatreddy Venkat Reddy will also be launching his indefinite fast at Nalgonda along with his thousands of supporters. Freedom fighter Konda Laxman Bapuji will be starting a week-long fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, the Hyderabad City Police has imposed certain restrictions on all the roads leading to NTR Stadium. It has requested the general public to take alternate routes to reach their destinations. (INN)

    Andhra News : Unprecedented security for Formation Day

    Jagan has funded Nagamís Nagara: Errabelli

    2011/6/14 19:21:03 Telugu Desam Telangana Forum convener Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Tuesday alleged that YSR Congress Party president Jaganmohan Reddy has funded the `Telangana Nagaraí organized by suspended TDP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy.

    Talking to media persons at NTR Trust Bhavan, Mr Dayakar Rao alleged that Mr Janardhan Reddy held discussions with YSR Congress Party leader Gone Prakash Rao over the funding of Telangana Nagara in Adilabad district since the past three days.

    He demanded that Mr Janardhan Reddy disclose details of what he had discussed with Mr Prakash Rao.

    Mr Dayakar Rao further alleged that Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao and Telangana Political Joint Action Committee convenor Prof Kodandaram also took funds from Mr Jaganmohan Reddy for organizing the conventions.

    He questioned both KCR and Prof Kodandaram about their failure to visit the MG Hospital in Warangal where students of Kakatiya University were being treated after allegedly attacked by the YSR Congress party activists.

    Responding on the participation of TDP leaders ĖVenu Gopalachary, Harishwar Reddy, Jogu Ramannaóin `Telangana Nagaraí, Mr Dayakar Rao promised that action would be taken against them after discussing their dissension with the TDP chief.

    Reacting to a news story published in a daily, the TTDPF convenor stated that the party would not agree to packages on Telangana announced on the lines of Gorkhaland.

    ďDo not compare the Telangana agitation with the one for Gorkhaland. Both are entirely different. The Telangana people are taking the agitation as their `self-respect,íĒ Mr Dayakar Rao said.

    The present ĎTelangana Faceí of the TDP added that the party leaders from Telangana would meet on Wednesday at 2.30 PM to discuss how to taking Telangana agitation forward.

    Mr Dayakar Rao further added that the TDP would release a press statement on how other parties have started a malicious campaign against his party over the fight for Telangana. The statement would also clarify the partyís stand on Telangana, he added.

    He concluded by saying that the Telangana leaders had decided to organize two massive public meetings in two districts by month-end and organize massive discussions in four districts to create awareness on the agitation.(INN)

    Andhra News : Jagan has funded Nagamís Nagara: Errabelli

    AK Antony briefed on 'T' agitation

    2011/9/24 17:41:46 Telangana Congress MPs Madhu Yashki and G Vivek on Saturday held a meeting with Congress Core Committee member A K Antony and briefed him about the prevailing situation in the Telangana region.

    According to sources, the MPs informed A K Antony over the impact of employees’ general strike and Rail Roko and appealed him to present the factual position about Telangana agitation to party High Command. He has been requested to prevail upon the High Command to take an early and favourable decision on Telangana State.

    Later, talking to media Vivek said that A K Antony has assured that he would try his best to prevail upon high command to take positive decision on Telangana state. He said that they have asked him to stock of the situation prevailing in all 10 Telangana districts after the general strike began on September 13. He said the surveys conducted on Telangana by various successive governments have been submitted as proof to Antony. He said the Congress MPs would meet Antony once again on Monday. (INN)

    Andhra News : AK Antony briefed on 'T' agitation

    Samaikyandhra meeting held at Vijayawada

    2011/7/16 11:30:37 A meeting was held at Vijayawada city on Saturday morning by the Seemandhra MLAs, MPS, and Ministers of Congress party. However, there was no representation from North Coastal districts and PS Ramulu Nellore district. Only 6 Ministers and 10 MLAs have participated in this meeting, which is meant to chalk out the strategy for Samaikyandhra and to discuss on how to give their representation to Center. Out of the few leaders who attend this meeting, TG Venkatesh has opined that, the ongoing agitations for Telangana cause is only intended to get CM posts to certain Telangana leaders. Hence, he opined that, if the CM Post is time shared between Andhra and Telangana leaders, then the agitations will automatically looses its momentum. He suggested that if the Seemandhra and the Telangana leaders get 3 years and 2 years term to rule the state, the problem of Telangana automatically dissolves.Ē

    Andhra News : Samaikyandhra meeting held at Vijayawada

    Rayala Telangana is KCR's imagination: Sailajanath

    2011/9/29 15:28:37 Seemandhra Forum convener and Primary Education Minister S Sailajanath on Thursday raised doubts that the proposal of merger of Anantapur and Kurnool into Telangana was mooted by the Centre.

    Talking to reporters, Sailajanath rubbished the statement of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao on this issue and said that he would not believe that such a proposal was made by Centre to resolve the Telangana crisis. Stating that KCR repeated such statement frequently, he described Centre’s proposition of merging Kurnool and Anantapur districts in Rayala Telangana as 'imaginary’.

    However, the Minister said that Seemandhra leaders, especially those hailing from Rayalaseema were against Kurnool and Anantapur's merger with the Telangana. When the reporters asked if the Centre comes out with this proposal, Sailajanath said the Seemandhra leaders would mount pressure on the Centre opposing the division of state. He expressed confidence that the Centre would not divide the State. (INN)

    Andhra News : Rayala Telangana is KCR's imagination: Sailajanath

    Scanty rainfall worrying govt: T Radha

    2011/7/2 19:47:02 The unreliable rainfall, which played truant so far, has become a matter of worry for the state government as apprehensions over the Kharif crop increased.

    The erratic nature of the rainfall can be gauged by the fact that in Krishna district, the rain was reported in excess while four other districts reported scanty rainfall, while the remaining 13 districts reported deficit rains.

    ďThe June 1 to September 30, (122 days) rainfall this season turned out to be erratic,Ē said Disaster Management Commissioner T Radha in an exclusive interview with INN at the Secretariat on Saturday.

    Mr Radha said that out of 122 days, 32 have days passed off, and the Bay of Bengal appears to be quiet so far, which is a cause of worry for the state.

    ďUnless there is a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, drought conditions may affect the region,Ē Mr Radha said.

    In the past 122 days not even 2 MM rain has been recorded but the average rainfall by now is said to be 2.57 MM. The deficit so far recorded was said to be -38 MM.

    In Hyderabad, Medak, Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts, there was scanty rainfall while in Krishna it is in excess and while in five districts, Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Nellore, Chittoor and Khammam, normal rains were reported. In the remaining 13 districts, the rainfall has been deficient so far.

    In 2009, due to deficit rainfall, drought was announced on August 15, while in May 2010, due to the cyclone, heavy rains lashed the state. In contrast, in 2011 deficit was reported in May/June.

    Kharif crop was sown in over 3.74 lakh hectares in 2010 and in 3.02 lakh hectares in 2011 in nine Coastal Andhra districts, by June ending, which is far less than the normal figure that is 24.41 lakh hectares.

    In 2011, in Rayalaseema districts, 1.81 lakh hectares was sown by June ending and in 2010, 3.21 lakh hectares was sown by June ending, which was also reported to be below normal.

    In Telangana districts in 2010, 10.24 lakh hectares was sown by June ending while in 2011, by June ending, only 7.37 lakh hectares was sown.

    The Disaster Management Commissioner explained that in Kharif season, normally 78.11 lakh hectares should be sown but due to the abnormal conditions, the sowing area has come down in the years cited.(INN)

    Andhra News : Scanty rainfall worrying govt: T Radha

    Army recruitment postponed

    2011/10/5 15:58:25 The Army recruitment rally scheduled to be held at Prakasham Stadium, Kothagudem from October 10th to 15th to select candidates from Telangana districts for different trades in the Army, has been postponed till further notification.

    According to a communication from Branch Army Recruitment Office, Bowenpally, Secunderabad, the step has been taken in view of the agitation ‚ÄėSakala Janula Samme‚Äô in Telangana Region. (INN)

    Andhra News : Army recruitment postponed

    I never changed my stand on 'T': Botsa

    2011/8/5 18:07:28

    Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana on Friday stated that he never changed his stand on the Telangana state formation issue.

    Talking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan, Botsa Satyanarayana denied the reports appeared in a section of media that he changed his stand on Telangana state after becoming the PCC chief.

    ďI never changed my stand on Telangana anytime and I honour my promise to Telangana,Ē he said.

    He appealed to all party leaders to postpone the agitation for statehood as Congress president Sonia Gandhi underwent surgery and is not available for three weeks to take a decision on Telangana.

    Responding to the merger of Praja Rajyam Party into the Congress, he said that K Chiranjeevi has to take a final decision on it.

    He said the government will convene a meeting with farmers, who declared `crop holidayí in Godavari districts.(INN)

    Andhra News : I never changed my stand on 'T': Botsa

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