Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy stages dharna at Jantar Mantar
February 5, 2014 - New Delhi
Pushing the ruling Congress party into surprise, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday staged Mauna Deeksha which was largely supported by Seemandhra MLAs, MLCs, MPs and internationalists. Before he went to Jantar Mantar the venue of deeksha s on a bus, Ministers and public representatives from Telangana including his own State Cabinets Ministers obstructed him from moving to the venue. Police have to forcibly shifted them to make the convoy to move ahead resulting their counterparts to lodge with AICC leadership.
Before Kiran Reddy undertook deeksha, he along with PCC president and others paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. He joined the party leaders and cadre at the silent deeksha and he raised slogans that vent into the air by raising his fist high in the air.
Nearly 100 MLAs including MLCs, MP and Union Ministers - KS Rao, MM Pallam Raju, K Chiranjeevi, JD Seelam, D Purandeswari, Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and Killi Kruparani and Rajya Sabha election contestants KVP Ramachandra Rao, T Subbarami Reddy protested at the venue along with leaders and cadre from Seemandhra holding 'Save Andhra Pradesh - Save Democracy' placards.
After concluding deeksha, he led a delegation to the President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum requesting him not to divide the State. In the, memorandum, he urged him to use his powers to keep the State united.
Speaks to National media
After meeting the President, speaking to media, Kiran Reddy said that eighty per cent of the people want the State united and all the region would be badly effected especially Telangana region with acute shortage of water. He said from Independence, no State was divided without a resolution from the State. He said that the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly has passed the rejected bill with the motion moved by him and it reflects the opinion of majority of the people in the State and its elected representatives. Kiran said that the Centre is moving the Bill without justification, reason, legal or factual and incomplete to the prevailing conventions and practices.