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Chiranjeevi hints at backing separate Telangana


Hyderabad : Telugu superstar turned politician Chiranjeevi Thursday hinted that his Praja Rajyam party would support the demand for separate statehood to the Telangana region.

Launching his ‘yatra’ in Telangana, Chiranjeevi said he would make an announcement on the issue before he winds up his visit to the region.

The actor launched the second phase of his state-wide ‘yatra’ from Sricilla town in Karimnagar district. Addressing a series of roadside meetings in the district, he hinted that he would back the demand for separate Telangana state.

“The people of Nizam region (Telangana) love me so much. My films were all hit in this region and the people in the industry called me Nizam hero. After getting so much love and affection from you, I will not cheat you,” he said.

Chiranjeevi said he knew the aspirations and feelings of the people.

“I will honour your sentiments and self-respect on this issue.”

His assurance came at a time when almost all parties are supporting the demand for separate Telangana in view of the ensuing elections.

The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) recently supported the five decades old demand while the ruling Congress party is likely to soon make an announcement in favour of separate Telangana.

Chiranjeevi’s meetings evoked massive public response like his meetings in north Telangana Andhra, which he covered under the first phase of the ‘yatra’ earlier this month.

In Sircilla town, the actor promised to help the weavers, who are facing a serious crisis. This was his second visit to the handloom town.

He promised seven hours free electricity to the powerlooms and said the would be brought under the cover of a free health insurance scheme.

Voicing concern over continuing suicides by the distressed weavers, Chiranjeevi said if his party took power, it would pay a compensation of Rs.500,000 to the family of any weaver who commits suicide.