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Telangana observes bandh protesting Centre’s decision on separate statehood

Hyderabad, Dec 29 (): Observing a bandh in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana supporters demonstrated in several places in the state on Saturday, to protest against the decision of the central government on granting statehood to Telagana.

The bandh has been called in wake of the all-party meeting that was held on Friday and bore no result once again. Shops and business enterprises including educational institutions remained closed on Saturday.

Road Transport Corp (RTC) buses were less in attendance as they were off the roads in many places in Telangana, which includes 10 districts. The protesters held demonstration accusing the ruling government at the centre for its inability to find an amicable solution on carving out a separate state.

So far no untoward incidents were reported and elaborate security arrangements have also been made in and around the city, said the police..

The TRS which is leading the protest demanding for a separate statehood accused the government for not fulfilling its promises.  Claiming to have promised several times to grant separate Telangana , the government have cheated the people by not keeping its words, said TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao to reporters while coming out of the all party meeting conducted by Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Normal life in the State capital as well as other districts of Telangana came to a standstill in wake of the bandh call by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. Many services including city buses were cancelled by the State Road Transport Corporation as a precautionary measure.

The bandh was called after Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who conducted a meeting with the all parties on Friday was unable to come to a conclusion on the long- pending Telangana issue and said that the government will announce its decision within a month.

BJP and Telangana Joint Action Committees also extended its support to the bandh call by the TRS. Examinations of Kakatiya and Osmania Universities had to be postponed, said sources.