Both houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned following an uproar over the decision to create a separate Telangana state.
Much has been written about the five-decade-old issue. While the debate keeps the best minds of the country occupied, here's a dummy's guide to understand what the Telangana agitation is all about...
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Telangana is a region comprising ten of Andhra Pradesh's 23 districts. Originally, the region was part of the erstwhile Nizam's princely state of Hyderabad. The Telangana statehood issue which first came out in the open in 1960s may take some more time to officially get a separate identity.
The divide within Pro-Telangana parties: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI) Anti-Telangana parties: CPI (M), Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Undecided: Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress
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The Telangana timeline
1960s: The Students of Osmania University protested discrimination against people from Telangana 1969: Telangana Praja Samithi party was formed in 1969 1990s: The BJP promised statehood to Telangana 2001: K Chandrashekhar Rao formed Telangana Rashtra Samithi 2006: TRS withdrew from the coalition government in Andhra for failing to grant statehood to Telangana Nov, 2009: K Chandrashekhar Rao went on a fast unto death demanding introduction of Telangana Bill in Parliament
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Dec, 2009: Home Minister Chidambaram said the Government would start the process of forming a separate state Feb, 2010: Government appointed Srikrishna Committee to look into demand for a Telangana state Dec, 2010: Srikrishna Committee suggested six possible solutions March, 2011: 'Million March to Hyderabad' called by pro-Telangana groups seeking introduction of Bill on separate state July, 2011: 100 Telangana MLAs and 13 Telangana MPs resigned
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Sept, 2012: Govt employees, teachers went on a mass strike Dec, 2012: After an all-party meet, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde assures of a solution in a month's time Jan, 2013: Sushil Kumar Shinde says it may take little more time to reach a final decision Jan, 2013: Andhra Court orders police to book P Chidambaram and Shinde for cheating the people of Telangana
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The road to Telangana: How a new state is created
Now that the CWC and UPA have given their nod to Telangana on Tuesday, the Union Cabinet will take up the issue on Thursday or a special Cabinet meeting may be called to discuss the issue. After the Cabinet's go ahead, the proposal to create Telangana will be recommended to a Group of Ministers. The recommendation by the GoM and State Reorganisation Bill will be taken up the Cabinet again.
After Cabinet approval, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will recommend the Bill to President Pranab Mukherjee. Then the reference made by the President will be sent to Andhra Pradesh Assembly along with a timeframe. If state Assembly fails to pass the resolution within the given timeframe, the President will refer the bill to the government.