Amid uncertainty over the bill on Telangana, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press for passage of the legislation for creation of the new State and said he got an assurance on the issue.
“He (PM) said the government is seriously committed and we are under any circumstances creating the Telangana State,” he told reporters in New Delhi after meeting the Prime Minister at his residence.
The TRS chief, accompanied by a delegation of party leaders, also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister consisting of nine demands.
According to it, Telangana would face considerable power shortage after its formation. To bridge the gap, NTPC should establish a 4000 mega watt power plant in the region.
Adequate natural gas should also be allotted for setting up of 1400 mega watt plant at Shankerpally to meet burgeoning needs of Hyderabad, it said.
TRS also sought setting up of a high court, IIM, and an AIIMS branch in Telangana.
The memorandum said that the debates that have taken place regarding the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, in both the Houses of the State legislature have deepened the divide further.
“In such a conflicting scenario various aspects of the bill dealing with the Legislative Assembly, High Court, power sector and higher education need a surgical treatment. This is essential for healthy evolution of Telangana polity,” the memorandum added.