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Way clear for Telangana, says KCR

`All parties, including the one opposed to smaller States, drop objection'

Staff Reporter

SIDDIPET: Telangana Rashtra Samiti president and Union Minister for Labour and Employment K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday claimed that all obstacles to the formation of a separate State had been removed with all political parties, including the one that had opposed it so far, agreeing not to obstruct its formation.

Addressing a public meeting here, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao, without naming the party, said its leaders had assured the TRS that they would not oppose statehood for the region even as they remained committed to the principle of larger States. He said the demand for a separate State was not aimed at hurting the interests of anyone but to usher in everlasting peace and prosperity in the backward region. The TRS leader announced that the 148-km railway line linking Manoharabad-Siddipet-Kothapalli would be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs some time next month.

The Minister said the 1,70,000 beedi workers in the Siddipet and Cheryala areas could benefit from the new housing programme announced by the Prime Minister.

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