India reconfigures state boundaries, creates new southern state

After 14 years of campaigning, the Telangana region in southern India is now its own state, a move intended to bring greater attention -- and economic prosperity -- to the region that was previously a part of the large state of Andhra Pradesh.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

NEW DELHI, June 2 (UPI) -- A new state was created in India's southern region on Monday after the state of Andhra Pradesh formally separated into two parts.

Telagnana is now India's 29th state, and one of the country's most under-developed regions.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi party championed the separation from Andhra Pradesh for 14 years out of concern that the people in the Telangana region were neglected and overlooked in the large and economically diverse state.

Local student leader Krishank applauded the newly created state; "The sacrifice of our people and the youth who led the movement has culminated in the formation of a new state. It is a historic day for us."

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