Telangana issue rocks Parliament again

The demand for separate statehood for Telangana that triggered two suicides in the last two days rocked Parliament on Monday leading to repeated adjournments of both Houses.

Amid reports of one more person dying and another battling burn injuries after he attempted to immolate himself in support of the Telangana state cause, placard-carrying TRS, TDP and Congress members from the region trooped to the well of the Lok Sabha demanding creation of a separate state.

In Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader from Andhra Pradesh K Keshav Rao embarrassed the ruling party by joining Opposition leader Prakash Javadekar in slamming the Centre and Congress party for adopting “delay” tactics on the issue. Javadekar claimed that 609 people had committed suicide for the Telangana cause so far and demanded that the government should show political will and introduce a Bill providing for the separate state. “NDA will support such a Bill,” he said.

Rao and Javadekar attacked the government and said while suicide after suicide was being committed by Telangana supporters, the government was "killing time" by constituting committees. “It is not about one or two that he (Javadekar) is talking.

It is about (nearly) 700 people who died there. Give me an instance in history where 700 people died for one cause. Do you want more people to die for this cause?...if you want three crore people to die for this... they will. Kill us all, that will solve the problem for you," an emotional Rao said drawing cheers from Opposition benches.

Noting that Congress leaders of Telangana had withdrawn their strike after PM Manmohan Singh counselled peace, he wondered if there is any other example of the entire  Assembly, all MPs and ministers representing a region resigning for a common cause.

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