It was exactly today that is December 9nth/2009 night the celebrations broke out in Hyderabad on moments after the Centre conceded to demands for a separate Telangana state carved out of Andhra Pradesh and made an announcement in this regard in New Delhi.
Supporters of Telangana took to the streets to celebrate the news and many of them flocked to the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here where TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao was kept under observation after he began a fast-unto-death for a separate state. Rao has ended his 11-day fast .
Slogans like ‘Hail KCR, hail Telangana’ filled the air as the supporters marched towards NIMS dancing, singing and bursting crackers.Senior TRS leaders are expecting Chief Minister Rosaiah to come over to formally inform KCR about the latest development.
The Centre’s decision was taken at a late night meeting fromer Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with Andhra Pradesh former Chief Minister K Rosaiah after two rounds of consultations in the Congress Core Committee with Sonia Gandhi and senior cabinet colleagues.
“After these consultations, I am making this statement. The process of forming the state of Telangana will be initiated. An appropriate resolution will be moved in the state Assembly,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters late in the night in New Delhi. The Government has conceded to the demand of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
Former Home Minister P Chidambaram announced that the “process of forming the state of Telangana will be initiated.”
“An appropriate resolution will be moved in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly,” Chidambaram said.”The Centre has requested the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister to withdraw cases against leaders, students and those associated with the separate Telangana agitation,” he added.
Reacting to the announcement, TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao ended his 11-day fast.Andhra Pradesh will be split into two states. A resolution on Telangana will be moved in the Assembly.
The decision was announced a little before midnight by Home Minister P Chidambaram, right after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi met Andhra Chief Minister K Rosaiah.