The Central government on Wednesday said that it had taken cognizance of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members' demand for a separate high court for Telangana and will respond to the issue in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
"I take cognizance of the sentiments of the members and will make some observation tomorrow," Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in the Lok Sabha.
The assurance came after ruckus in the Lok Sabha, with TRS MPs demanding that the Centre create separate High Courts for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, under Section 31 of the AP Reorganisation Act.
The TRS members had been protesting in the House over their demand. Earlier in the day, they protested from their seats and also came near the Speaker's podium carrying placards and also holding an electronic tablet that flashed a message raising their demand.
Eight MPs from the TRS had stormed into the well of the House, raising slogans and demanding the division of the High Court in Hyderabad.
Led by Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, who is also Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter, the MPs stated that the matter had been pending for the last three and a half years, and demanded an adjournment motion.
Earlier, raising the issue, TRS member A.P. Jithender Reddy said the state of Telangana does not have any meaning without a high court in the state. "We demand that bifurcation of the High Court has to be done immediately," he said.
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Kavitha questioned the delay in bifurcation.
"It has been more than three and half years since the new State was formed and there was no such delay in the High Court bifurcation following a State bifurcation earlier. We will not relent until the Centre makes an announcement in this regard," she said.
The issue of the bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court has been a long-standing and contentious conflict.
In June this year, Telangana Law Minister, A Indrakaran Reddy, put the blame for the issue on the Andhra Pradesh government, saying that the AP government was deliberately attempting to delay the bifurcation.
"When AP government can construct Secretariat and Assembly buildings in one year, why cannot they construct High Court building?â€ť he had asked.