India’s ruling Congress party approved a resolution on Tuesday to create a new state in the southeast amid fears the decision could spark violence in the region which includes IT hub Hyderabad.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other senior party leaders agreed to grant longstanding demands for the state of Telangana to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh state.
“A resolution was passed in the meeting where it was resolved to request the central government to take steps to form a separate state of Telangana,” Congress spokesman Ajay Maken said.
The planned state, which would be India’s 29th, would be created out of an impoverished, drought-prone mainly tribal belt that supporters say has been neglected by successive Andhra Pradesh governments.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013.