India’s Lower House Passes Bill to Create 29th State

February 18, 2014 6:18 PM

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India’s Lower House Passes Bill to Create 29th State

NEW DELHI — Few questions in Indian politics have generated as much raw emotion, pro and con, as the proposed creation of Telangana, a 29th state, out of an inland slice of south India largely covered with cornfields and rice paddies.

After more than 40 years of dispute, a bill on Telangana finally reached the lower house on Tuesday afternoon, and was passed unanimously. Critics said the burst of progress was driven by major political parties, hoping to consolidate regional support before general elections in May.

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