CPI-M against split of Andhra Pradesh

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Kolkata, Dec 29 (ANI): The Communist party of India (Marxist) is against formation of separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh, according to M.K Pandhe politburo member of the party and president of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

Talking to reporters on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 5th conference of the All India Beedi Workers' Federation, he said language should be the basis of formation of a separate state, which is not the case in the case of Telangana.

"Languages should be the basis of formation of any state, that basis should be there. People of Andhra Pradesh are one people, you see, they all speak Telugu, the history is the same, the culture is the same, and then why should that people be split in two unions?" asked Pandhe.

He expressed concern over the issue of price rise of essential commodities, and called for strengthening of public distribution system.

Telangana region comprises over 10 northern districts of Andhra Pradesh state.

Political analysts feel that the creation of the new state of Telangana may fuel social unrest and separatist demands in other states.

Several regions of India have already been demanding autonomy for better governance, such as Vidarbha, Kamtapur, and Gorkhaland. (ANI)

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