Extending support to the Telangana movement, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief and Union Minister Ajit Singh on Sunday launched his party's unit here and promised to raise the issue in Parliament.
Singh, who announced the formation of his party's Telangana unit, told reporters that he was also trying to form a 'Friends of Telangana' group for enabling all parties supporting the movement to come together.
"The purpose of my coming here today is I want the RLD to be associated with this movement. In fact, the party had 27 of its MLAs from this region of Andhra Pradesh and also ministers once upon a time," he said.
The struggle for separate Telangana had been going on for long and that he himself was associated with the movement earlier, Singh said, adding that some or the other hurdles were coming in the way of its formation.
"It was a misfortune that despite so much support from the people and getting a promise from the Centre also...people here feel cheated (on Telangana issue) and hence the struggle for separate state continues," he said.
Replying to a query, Singh said he had spoken to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the Telangana issue and would continue to hold talks on the matter.
"It is finally up to the Central government to decide on granting statehood to the region and the Parliament has to pass a resolution in this regard," the Union Civil Aviation Minister said.
Earlier, he said while addressing party workers that the RLD had always supported the creation of smaller states. "It is not a new thing, we have been in favour of smaller states and participated in separate state movements for Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. Now, we are creating a movement for (separate) Vidharbha."
SPORT-T20-WI-LD INNINGS ZCZC PRI GEN INT SPO .COLOMBO FGN13 SPORT-T20-WI-LD INNINGS Samuels smashes 78 as West Indies reach 137/6
Colombo, Oct 7 (PTI) Marlon Samuels played one of the best counter-attacking innings under pressure against an impressive Sri Lankan attack to guide West Indies to a reasonable 137 for six in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.
Samuels, who hit five of his six 6's off T20 specialist Lasith Malinga, made a brilliant 78 off 56 balls, even as Ajantha Mendis returned figures of four for 12.
Samuels alone spoiled Malinga's figures as he went for 54 off four overs after Mendis pegged the West Indies back.
While only 32 runs came off the first 10 overs, the Caribbeans courtesy Samuels and skipper Darren Sammy (26 no, 15 balls, 3x4) managed 106 in the back 10.
The total might not be a challenging one but the manner in which Samuels batted having scored more than half the runs, the innings will be remembered for a long time to come especially as other West Indian batsmen looked like lambs ready to be slaughtered.
The pressure of playing a World Cup final was telling on Johnson Charles as he offered a simple catch to Nuwan Kulasekara at mid-off in Angelo Mathews' opening over which was a wicket maiden.
The first run for West Indies came when Kulasekara bowled a wide after three dot balls in the second over. The first run off the bat came off the 17th legal delivery and the first boundary in the next over when Samuels punched one through covers.
Gayle, who has been predicting results like 'Paul the Octopus' in the last few days, was strangled by the Lankan bowlers and finally Mendis got him with a straighter one that looked like hitting the leg-stump.
The Powerplay yielded only 14 runs for West Indies and Sri Lanka had already got the opposition match-winner out of the equation.
There were no demons in the pitch and the ball was coming onto the bat nicely but Sri Lankan bowlers maintained discipline throughout. PTI KHS AH PDS 10072048 NNNN