Telangana Bill's passage in Lok Sabha sets off spontaneous celebrations in Hyderabad, Warangal, elsewhere; 'talli' Sonia Gandhi hailed

Written by PTI | Hyderabad | Updated: Feb 19 2014, 01:52am hrs
TelanganaA supporter celebrating at MP KCR Rao residence after Telangna bill passed in Parliament. Express photo: Ravi Kanojia
Within minutes of Telangana Bill's passage in Lok Sabha, wild celebrations broke out in region.

With the pall of uncertainty lifted after the passage of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill a festive atmosphere prevailed in Hyderabad and Telangana towns like Warangal with the separate statehood supporters bursting crackers, distributing sweets and taking out victory rallies.

They danced to the tunes of popular songs hailing Telangana.

A large number of students gathered in Osmania University here, the nerve-centre of separate statehood for Telangana agitation, and danced with joy.

Congress activists at some places in Telangana rejoiced distributing sweets and held pictures showing their party president Sonia Gandhi in the image of 'Telangana Talli' (Telangana mother).

"Greetings to Telangana people. This is the result of a long struggle. The Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha tomorrow. We thank Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, CPI General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy and each one of those who supported separate Telangana Bill. We are actually at loss of words to express our joy," Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) chairman M Kodandaram said.