New Delhi: Pro-Telangana activists led by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao today held a sit-in at Rajghat here on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to highlight their demand for the creation of a separate state of Telangana.
Scores of TRS cadres and supporters of separate statehood for Telangana descended upon Rajghat at around 10 AM, a few hours after official celebrations to mark Gandhi Jayanti attended by top leaders ended.
Rao, who is camping here since Friday hoping to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior UPA Ministers demanding an early decision on the separate state issue, sat along with his supporters and observed silence for over two hours.
Hyderabad-based Telangana Joint Action Committee chief Prof Kothandaram and some of its members also joined Rao.
TRS leaders said Rao had undertaken the sit-in to highlight their demand for the creation of a Telangana state and to tell the Centre that “time was running out” to take a decision on the issue.
Normal life in all ten districts of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh has been affected for the past 20 days due to a general strike called by the JAC to protest against the Centre’s delay in announcing the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad had yesterday said more consultations are needed on the issue and that they would need some time.
Azad also said it was not an “easy decision” to take.