New Delhi: The Union Government move for further consultation on the Telangana has annoyed the politicians who have been vehemently raising the demand for the creation of a separate state. On the occasion of 142nd birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief, K Chandrashekher Rao went on fast at Rajghat to mark protest against the decision of UPA government.

Rao said an early decision on Telangana is the "need of the hour" and that "comforting words" were not enough.  The political face of the pro-Telangana movement, and his supporters held the sit-in and 'observed silence' at Rajghat in Delhi for a few hours to highlight the "grave situation" in Telangana region in AP.

In order to press the demand for separate Telengana state, TRS president along with comrades of Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) reached New Delhi on Friday to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders of UPA for the early decision on the issue.

"I will meet the Prime Minister to tell him what is happening in Telangana. I will also tell him that people are suffering there and an early decision on Telangana is the need of the hour," he told reporters after holding the sit-in.

"What is the need for further consultations? How long will they take for a decision? Our people are suffering and dying in Telangana and here people want discussions. We need Telangana, not comforting words," he said when asked to comment on the government's contention that "further
consultations" were needed on the issue. Rao said the agitation would continue till the Centre came forward and announces the formation of a separate Telangana state.

As a matter of fact, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday declared that the issue requires further consultation.

Meanwhile, earlier this morning, Congress General Secretary and In charge of the Andhra Pradesh/Telengana issue, Ghulam Nabi Azad cleared that it is not any easy decision and requires wide discussion.

As the ongoing agitation for Telangana continued unabated, AP Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is learnt to have briefed Azad on board their flight from Hyderabad to Vijayawada about the impact of the indefinite general strike by pro-Telangana government employees on the state's economy. Azad appealed to the employees to end their stir.
 He also asked the Congress to quickly make up its mind on the statehood issue.

It is worth mentioning that on the JAC appeal the government employees in Telangana region are on strike from last 20 days which has affected normal life in the area.

Student commits suicide for Telangana

Apparently upset over delay in the formation of a separate Telangana state, an 18-year-old girl student allegedly committed suicide by immolating herself at Koheda village near here today, the second such death in two
days, police said.

D Bhavani, a first-year intermediate student, shut herself in a room at her house, doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire at around 9.30 am, Hayathnagar Inspector of Police B Bhasker said, adding the girl died
on the spot.

The girl was alone at the house as her parents and family members had gone to a nearby market to make purchases for Dusshera festivities, he said.

Bhavani had purportedly written (in Telugu) on the room wall that she was taking the extreme step as "there was a failure in declaring a separate Telangana state and no one was responsible for her death", police said adding that a case has been registered.

The incident triggered protests with suspended Telugu Desam Party MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who visited the girl's family, and villagers holding road blockade on the Koheda-Vijayawada state highway.

Some pro-Telangana activists also allegedly pelted stones on private buses.

A pro-Telangana student Ravinder, who set himself on fire in Medak district reportedly for the cause of Telangana, had succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here on Saturday.

Pro-Telangana organisations and groups claim that over 600 people, mostly students, have ended their lives in support of the demand for separate statehood since November 2009.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies