Upset with Telangana call, Seemandhra agitators want separate country

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Hyderabad, Feb 17: Upset with the Centre's decision on Telangana, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders from Seemandhra have preferred a separate country. At least six senior TDP leaders, led by industrialist and MP Modugula Venugopal Reddy, who came to the headlines recently for allegedly threatening suicide with a broken microphone in the Lok Sabha following the tabling of the Telangana Bill.

Reddy spoke in favour of a new country with a new parliament saying there is no harm in demanding a separate nation if the Parliament is not concerned with the sentiments of the Seemandhra people. Former TDP minister Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu also backed the demand for a separate state.

A Facebook group on "Seemandhra, a separate country" has also been created.

"If Parliament can't value our sentiments, we want a new nation"

The demand for an independent country of Seemandhra first surfaced in posters which were put up in Nuzvidu of Krishna district last October. They read " Andhra people need protection from fake Gandhis. Our goal is separate country for Seemandhra".

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