MP wants separate Telangana in return for support to UPA

July 9th, 2008 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Hyderabad, July 9 (IANS) A. Narendra, who was expelled from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) last year, Wednesday said he would vote for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in parliament if the coalition gives firm assurance on carving out a separate Telangana state. TRS, which has two members in the Lok Sabha, has set a similar condition before the Congress-led UPA government.

Narendra, who was expelled from TRS over his alleged role in a human smuggling scandal, demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make a firm commitment on granting separate statehood to Telangana region.

Narendra said that with the Left parties withdrawing support to the Congress-led coalition, there was no opposition in the alliance to the demand for separate state. “This is the right time to create separate Telangana state,” he said.

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