AP Legislative Council adopts Telangana resolution

Unanimous decision follows Bhojya Naik’s suicide
One-line resolution asks Centre to take immediate steps towards solving the T issue

Hyderabad: In a surprise move, the State Legislative Council adopted a unanimous resolution on Monday urging the Centre to initiate steps to resolve the contentious Telangana issue immediately.

After paying tributes to Bhojya Naik, who committed suicide for the cause of Telangana in Warangal on Saturday, Council Chairman A Chakrapani read out a single line resolution: “ The Centre should take immediate steps towards solving the T issue” amid thunderous applause from the Telangana MLCs, including the TDP.

Soon after the Council session began in the morning, N Lakshmana Rao of TRS, Dilip Kumar of Telangana Vimochana Samithi and TDP Telangana Forum members stressed the need to curb suicides being committed by youth and students in Telangana. Self-immolation of Bhojya Naik sent a strong signal that Telangana people were craving for the bifurcation of the State.

“The Upper House has the responsibility to prevent suicides and infuse confidence among Telangana people. Towards this, the House should adopt a resolution demanding the Centre to take a decision on Telangana,” Dilip Kumar said, adding “committing suicides will not solve the problem.”

TRS leader Lakshmana Rao said that it would be a blot if the House did not take any measures to curb such suicides. He wanted the House to adopt a resolution in favour of Telangana. It was unfortunate that the State and the Central governments did not recognise the demand for Telangana even after 650 people sacrificed their lives in the recent years, he added.

Extending support to Telangana MLCs’ demand, TDP floor leader D Veerabhadra Rao also insisted on a T resolution without any delay. In view of recent suicides reported in the districts, he said the TDP, as a main opposition party, took the suicides as a serious social issue which leads to unrest among people.

Accepting the demand from all political parties, Chakrapani said as the Head of the Council, which represented intellectuals from the State, he understood the emotions of the members in the House. He said the unanimous resolution would be forwarded to the Centre.

Condoling the death of Naik, the House urged students and youth not to resort to extreme steps keeping in mind the interest of their families and the State. [The HANS India]

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