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Andhra Pradesh MLA resignations count reaches 127

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The resignation count of MLAs reached 127 today as leaders from various political parties in Andhra Pradesh tendered their resignation over the Telengana issue. 76 from Congress, 38 from TDP and 14 from PRP tendered their resignation protesting the Centre's decision to carve out a separate state for the Telangana region.

A band call has also been given in the Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions. Demonstrations are staged in several places. Buses and trains were stopped in some places. Students participated in large numbers in several rallies and protest marches in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada districts. Chief Minister K. Rosaiah appealed to remain peaceful in the assembly. He said "There are several rallies taking place and police are trying very hard to control university students. We must remain peaceful. All parties need to take collective responsibilities,". The Assembly was adjourned till Monday as protesting MLAs disrupted the proceedings and started shouting slogans against the division of the state.

The protesting MLAs also decided to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tomorrow in New Delhi. The MPs will meet Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram to discuss the issue.

MLAs belong to Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema region led by K S Rao met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today. The Prime Minister assured that the Central Government will not do anything in haste on the Telangana issue. Speaking to the reporters, K S Rao said that the situation is very tense in the state and people from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are upset over the recent turn of events.

Meanwhile, the day-long bandh called by various political parties paralysed life across the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The bandh went peaceful in Vijayawada and leaders from Congress, TDP and PRP have staged road blockades, rail roko and hunger fasts at various places across the city. City Mayor of Vijayawada Ratnabindu, former mayor T Sakuntala and other congress leaders stopped the Thiruvanantapuram-bound Kerala Express at the Vijayawada railway station for 15 minutes.

The bandh in Krishna district went peaceful and as many as 49 Zilla Parishad members submitted their resignations in protest. Shops, ATMs, Banks, Educational Institutions etc. remained closed.

Students from Andhra University have launched a fast-undo-death protest in Visakhapatnam. Several other students also observed hunger strike protesting the Centre's decision to form a separate Telangana state. Reports are out that a section of supporters have attacked the HSBC Bank in Siripuram junction. Armed with sticks, they entered the bank and damaged the furniture, breaking glass panes and computers. However, the police rushed to the scene and chased away the attackers. They also attacked the office of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and demanded that the mayor resign to his post to protest the Centre's move.

In Kadapa, the Head Post Office was set on fire and records were destoryed.

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