An "all-party" delegation consisting of 43 MPs from Andhra Pradesh, met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on May 17, 2006, urging him to confer classical language status to Telugu. The delegation was led by State Minister for Culture, M. Satyanarayana Rao.
Minister Rao submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Singh outlining various "historical-epigraphic, numismatic, literary-- evidence to prove the historicity" of Telugu. References to various research papers published by celebrated linguists and historians were also used to substantiate the demand.
Singh gave a patient hearing and assured to get the issue examined at the earliest, Rao said....So far only Sanskrit and Tamil have been granted the status of classical language. In the wake of strong demands from Telugu scholars, state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy appointed the task force. The panel painstakingly collated information from various sources to prove that Telugu is as older than 1500 years, the criterion fixed by the Centre to grant the status, Rao added.