Pro-Telangana supporters on warpath again

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New Delhi, Feb 17:The Telangana issue might have been subdued for now, however, it shows no signs of dying down. Ahead of the budget session, which is expected to start on Monday, Congress legislators and MPs from Telangana are gearing up to launch an agitation for a separate state in case they do not receive a clarification on the Telangana issue.

The Prime Minister, in a meeting with media editors yesterday, said that, "I think this is a complicated issue and we are trying to evolve a consensus. The Home Minister had one round of meeting with all the political parties. He will call these political parties again because the first round was just for handing them over the Srikrishna Committee report."

The response of the PM has not gone down well with pro-Telangana supporters. Around 24 Congress MLAs, after liaising with senior leaders in Delhi, have decided to boycott the Governor's address on the opening day of AP Assembly session today (Feb 17).

The Andhra legislators met AK Antony, AP state in-charge M Veerappa Moily and Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday and convinced the leaders that they cannot postpone the issue further and will have to take a call as soon as possible.

The legislators have been quoted as saying, "We have decided to boycott the governor's address on Thursday. We will remain in New Delhi and seek more appointments with the core group members. We will also meet the home minister and inform him about the grassroot sentiments for carving out a separate state. These are so strong that they cannot be ignored."

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