Telangana Praja Samithi

Telangana Praja Samithi or Telangana Peoples Convention was an Indian political party which fought for statehood for the Telangana region.[1][2][3]

Telangana Praja Samithi
LeaderPratap Kishore
PresidentNeera Kishore
FounderPratap Kishore, Raghuveer Rao
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana State
IdeologySocial justice with economic development


TPS was founded in 1969. The founding president of the Telangana Praja Samithi was Pratap Kishore but later taken over by Marri Chenna Reddy who spearheaded the telangana agitation and eventually winning over 10 Lok Sabha seats in the 1971 elections. Later the members merged into the Congress party.

The party was revived again in 1983 with Vande Mataram Ramchander Rao, as the President, Pratap Kishore was the General Secretary. After the death of Vandemataram Ram Chander Rao, Gandhian Bhoopati Krishnamurthi (Telangana Gandhi) was elected president and led the party for nearly two decades up to his death in January 2015. After Bhoopati Krishnamoorthi Neera Kishore, was elected as President of Telangana Praja Samithi.[2]₰₰₰


TPS organized a series of strikes and demonstrations throughout the Telangana region to push their demand for a separate state. In June 1969 general strikes in Hyderabad organized by the TPS led to widespread violence as TPS supporters clashed with supporters of a unified Andhra state and with police.[4]


In the 1971 Lok Sabha elections, TPS won 10 out of 11 seats in Telangana.[5] However, in September 1971 TPS merged with Congress, and the Telangana agitations temporarily disappeared and P V Narsimha Rao was made the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.[6]

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  1. ^ "KCR recovers, TRS calls off victory rally". IBNLive. 10 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "TPS of 1969 to contest polls in Telangana state – The Siasat Daily".
  3. ^ "Pratap Kishore – founder of Telangana Praja Samiti". 4 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Police Fire Many Times as Wave of Violence Rocks Hyderabad and Warangal: Curfew Clamped on Both Towns: Death-Roll Mounts." The Times of India (4 June 1969).
  5. ^ S. Nagesh Kumar (30 December 2010). "One people, many aspirations". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ "YSR mooted Cong merger with PRP". The Times of India. 3 February 2011. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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