Telangana crisis: Manmohan Singh meets Andhra leaders

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NEW DELHI, July 19 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday met leaders of Andhra Pradesh, who demanded the creation for a separate state of Telangana.

Leaders of various political parties of the state, who also gave a memorandum to Dr. Singh, attended the meeting.

The Telangana statehood demand gained momentum after over 100 MLAs and 15 MPs, cutting across party lines, submitted their resignations to respective presiding officers.

Earlier, Home Minister P Chidambaram said that despite the bulk resignations, President`s Rule in Andhra Pradesh has not been debated so far.

He also said that the Congress is upset about the bulk resignations and hoped to “engage with” politicians from Telangana region.

He said that he hoped that the campaign for Telangana would not lead to breakdown of law and order.

The four-decade-old demand for Telangana, which seeks to carve out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh, gathered momentum last year after the Congress-led UPA Government accepted the demand in principle.

Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt in 2009 and 2010, as pro-Telangana activists persisted with their demand.

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