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Welfare Party of India is gearing up to launch its Andhra unit in October. The state unit, the contours of which are still in the making, has already taken the first step by electing a journalist, writer and JIH state vice-president Sultan Mohiuddin Mallick as its president and given him the mandate to complete the formalities required to start the party. Mallick said the AP unit of the party will have the general council comprising 150 members and executive and working committees. The party, he said, believes in the bifurcation of AP. “The people in Telangana region want a separate state and it should be given to them.” The Welfare Party was founded about one year and a half ago in New Delhi with real estate businessman Mujtaba Farooq of Aurangabad as its president. Three of its vice-presidents are journalist –Zafarul Islam Khan, a tribal woman Lalitha Naik and Father Abraham Joseph while activist Qasim Rasool Ilyas is general secretary.