Thousands of people taken to streets on Cabinet decision
October 3, 2013 - Hyderabad
Following the Union Cabinet decision on Thursday to divide the State, thousands of people were taken to streets from all the 13 districts in the Seemandhra region immediately after announcement.
The Joint Action Committees announced 72 hour bandh in Kadapa, Anantapur and thousands of agitators came on to the streets and blocked traffic at major thoroughfares in several towns. The protestors blocked the movement of vehicles on the national highways with Anantapur bearing the brunt of the agitation. Demonstrations in different forms including burnt of effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, K Chandrasekhara Rao and the Telangana note that was approved by the Union Cabinet.
Union Ministers MM Pallam Raju, K Sambasiva Rao, K Suryaprakash Reddy and three other Congress MPs have tendered resignations dubbing the decision as a hasty one and without considering the sentiments of the people of Seemandhra people. Senior MPs Vundavalli Arun Kumar resigned the primary membership of the Congress party termed is as ‘painful’. Another MP A Sai Pratap too quit the party.
YSRCP chief Jagan urged Union Ministers and MPs to resign
The YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in a press conference on Thursday night immediately after the announcement of the decision urged the Union Minsters and MPs to resign immediately. He also wanted the State Ministers to resign from the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet and create a constitutional crisis in the State. He gave a call to the cadre to observe 72 hours bandh in the entire Seemandhra region. He alleged both the Congress and TDP have sold away the State. He said that while the Congress decided to bifurcate the State for votes and seats, the TDP was afraid of losing votes and seats and went along and both of them joined hands and conspired to divide the State. He charged the Centre for giving away the convention of the Assembly passing a resolution.
Attempts to commit suicide foiled
Two leaders of the JAC for save AP attempted to commit suicide in Anantapur in protest against the decision were foiled by their colleagues. Sensing trouble, the Union Home Ministry asked the State police to be on high alert to avert any untoward incident.
DGP holds video conference
The in-charge DGP B Prasada Rao in a video conference on Thursday alerted all the SPs of the 13 districts as well as senior officials in the twin cities to be on high alert. He instructed the police officials to strengthen security at vulnerable places like states, house of politicians and government establishments. Sources said that the Commissioners and SPs were asked to act with restraint even in adverse situations. He asked them to talk to the politicians and leaders of JACs spearheading the 60 plus old agitation in the region and wanted the officials to ensure no violence.