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Impressed by KCR's Welfare Schemes, Five Maharashtra Villages Seek Merger with Telangana

The leaders from Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon assembly segments sought support from the chief minister for their agitation and said they were ready to contest on TRS party tickets, if allotted.

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Updated:September 17, 2019, 10:57 PM IST
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Impressed by KCR's Welfare Schemes, Five Maharashtra Villages Seek Merger with Telangana
The leaders from Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon assembly segments sought support from the chief minister for their agitation and said they were ready to contest on TRS party tickets, if allotted.

Hyderabad: Attracted by the welfare schemes being implemented here, a section of people from five villages bordering Nanded district in Maharashtra has expressed a desire to merge with the state of Telangana. These include Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon villages.

The people and elected representatives of various political parties have also decided to contest the forthcoming assembly polls in Maharashtra with the merger demand, the villagers told the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, said an official press statement issued on Tuesday.

"People, including the elected representatives from villages spread over five legislative assembly segments from the bordering Nanded district in Maharashtra, are agitated and are demanding that the state government either also implement the welfare schemes of Telangana state in their villages or allow their villages to be merged with Telangana," the release from the Chief Minister's Office said.

The leaders from the five assembly segments, who met Rao, sought his support for their agitation and said they were ready to contest on Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) tickets if allotted.

They informed the chief minister that many Telangana government schemes, such as the Rs 10,000 financial assistance per acre per year under the Rythu Bandhu, the monthly pension of Rs 2,016, 24-hour uninterrupted free power, Kalyan Laxmi, distribution of KCR kits and clothes during festivals, were not available for the people of Maharashtra.

In the past, 40 villages in Dharmabad taluk in the neighbouring state had passed a resolution demanding their merger with Telangana.

Responding to the resolution, the Maharashtra government had then declared a grant of Rs 40 crore for these villages, but the assistance is yet to be released.

Describing the people's demands as "rational", Rao said he hoped that the Maharashtra government would accede to them.

(With inputs from PV Ramana Kumar)

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