India to create new state of Telangana

India will carve a new state out of southern Andhra Pradesh, home to several major international companies.

India to create new state of Telangana

India will carve a new state out of southern Andhra Pradesh, home to several major international companies.

The government's decision came after more than a week of protests shut down business in Hyderabad, the main city in Andhra Pradesh and home to firms like Microsoft, Google and Mahindra Satyam.

No decision has yet been made on whether Hyderabad, one of the faces of India's economic success, will stay in Andhra Pradesh or move to the new state to be called Telangana.

"The process of forming the state of Telangana will be initiated," Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters, without giving further details.

India's ruling Congress party leaders say the government wanted to respect the sentiments of the people of Telangana who have been demanding statehood for a long time.

Andhra Pradesh has 23 districts, including the state capital Hyderabad, in three regions – coastal Andhra (nine), Rayalaseema (four) and Telangana (ten).

Telangan region comprises Hyderabad, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Warangal, Rangareddy, Nalgonda, Khammam and Mahbubnagar.

Hyderabad rivals Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley, and has a mix of software firms and shopping complexes along with ancient mosques and forts.

Jubilant supporters of a new state set off firecrackers and danced in Hyderabad when they heard news of the government decision.

However, one Congress lawmaker resigned in protest and dozens of ministers from the state resigned.


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