'Resignations will cause more damage to the cause', says Seemandhra Ministers
September 22, 2013 - Hyderabad
Responding to the demand of the APNGOs that Seemandhra Ministers to resign, they once again reiterated that they will continue to defeat a resolution in the Assembly.
Ministers G Venkatesh and Erasu Pratap Reddy on Sunday saw no reason in quitting their posts and Pratap Reddy wanted to know that the bifurcation would be stopped if they resign. He said that 'How can we stall division, if we resigned and are not present in the Assembly when it placed for a discussion', he said. They said that resignations would cause more damage to the united State cause than preventing creation of Telangana. Minister TG Venkatesh said that 'we do not need posts for merely three months and the aim is to defeat the resolution and resign'. He said that Seemandhra leaders would once again visit Delhi to exert pressure on the high command on the issue.
Cabinet Subcommittee talks with APNGOs fail
Meanwhile, the talks the Government had with the striking APNGOs leaders broke down. The pro-united Andhra protagonists said that private educational institutions would be shut down from September 23 to 30 and protesters would lay siege to central government offices on September 27 and 28. Minister for Finance Anam Ramnarayana Reddy who chaired the meeting said that the revenue loss for the past two months due to the ongoing agitation and strike was calculated Rs.3,000 crore besides hitting hard public transportation and public distribution system among others. The Chairman of the Hyderabad APNGO Satyanarayana said that 'we could not get an assurance from the State Government that the State would not be divided or an assurance that all our concerns will be addressed before the division'. He said that 'since we are expecting that the High Court would issue a directive to the State Government, we think the verdict would not affect our protest plans. While it is certain that we are going ahead with the agitation, the JAC will discuss the court verdict on Monday, he said.