KCR planning another fast for Telangana


Hyderabad : Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao is once again planning to go on an indefinite fast for separate statehood to Telangana, party leaders and family members said Tuesday.

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Chandrasekhara Rao’s son and TRS legislator K. Tarakarama Rao told reporters that the party chief was holding consultations with senior leaders on the proposed “fast unto death”.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, went into a huddle with the party leaders at his residence to discuss his plans. A decision is likely to be announced later in the day.

It was in November 2009 that the MP from Mahabubnagar had launched a fast unto death demanding that the centre carve out a separate Telangana state. On Dec 9, the 11th day of his fast, the centre announced that the process of formation of separate Telangana state would be initiated.

Accusing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of going back on its commitment, the Telangana leader appears to be preparing for another round of fast unto death.

KCR’s daughter and president of the party’s cultural wing K. Kavita said as a daughter of Telangana she would welcome the fast by KCR. “However, as a daughter of KCR, I don’t want him to go on fast in view of his poor health,” she said.

The TRS leader plans to go on a fast at a time when the Telangana movement has intensified with ‘sakala janula samme’, or general strike by all sections.

Government employees, teachers and workers of state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited are on strike for the last eight days while employees of the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) also joined them Monday.

Lawyers are boycotting courts while other sections of people are also gearing up to participate in the movement.