Drawing a parallel between the Group of Ministers (GoM) and the Simon Commission, YSR Congress on Wednesday demanded the UPA-led Central Government to stop the process of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, and appealed to all political parties in the country to join hands to press against the creation of Telangana.
“As the Seemandhra movement is no less than the freedom struggle, the seven-member GoM has been proceeding with the task of dividing the state we have to oppose it as the Simon Commission was combated,” YSR Congress senior leader Konathala Ramakrishna told reporters here on Wednesday.
“We appeal to all leaders cutting across party lines to join the fight for a united state. Chandrababu Naidu has taken with him his duality to Delhi and has baffled top newscasters who could not elicit his exact view point. If he spells out his stand with clarity and withdraws his earlier letter which he has given supporting the division, he too can join the struggle for a united state,” he said.
“We also demand the state to convene a special session of Assembly to pass a resolution to keep the State united. After that all Semandhra leaders should quit while the Central ministers and MPs should also resign to create a constitutional crisis which can stall the process,” he added
YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s indefinite fast in protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh today entered its fifth day.
Ramakrishna confirmed that Reddy’s sugar levels are falling down and doctors have strongly advised him to withdraw the fast.
He also used the opportunity to take a jibe at the ruling Congress’ apathy towards the country-wide protest against the state, and said that they have failed to come forth with any viable solution acceptable to their party, and other agitators.
Commending Jagan Mohan Reddy, Ramakrishna said: “Yet he has taken up the cause of the unite state and has appealed to all parties to join hands in keeping the state united as the division is aimed at short term political gains engineered by Congress and Sonia Gandhi to make Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister.
“They do not have concern for the sentiments of the crores of people who are on strike for the past 70 days and the process of division should be stopped only by creating a constitutional crisis as told by our President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy,” he added
Reminding the people that his party had earlier represented the matter to the President, Ramakrishna said that instead of addressing their concerns, they feel that the process of division is being expedited without showing any solution to the problems they have highlighted
Speaking on the recent resignations in protest of the bifurcation of state, Ramakrishna criticised the Central Government and said: “The Union Ministers and MPs are also speaking in an ambiguous manner and there is no clarity whether or not they had laid down office. Some say their resignation letters are with Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) while in the case of others it seems that Sonia Gandhi has pacified them.”
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party ( TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu's indefinite hunger strike against the creation of a separate Telangana state entered the third day in the national capital today, even as the Central Government ruled out any rethink on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh
The Central Government's decision to create a separate Telangana state has crippled normal across Andhra Pradesh
Thousands of villages and towns remained cut off from power supply due to electricity employees' strike protesting bifurcation of the state
Meanwhile, employees of the power sector in Andhra Pradesh's Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions) will continue with their indefinite strike on Wednesday as talks between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and leaders of electricity employees' Joint Action Committee (JAC) failed on Tuesday night
About 30,000 employees of power utilities in Seemandhra's 13 districts stayed away from work, almost paralysing generation and transmission
The strike has plunged several towns and hundreds of villages in darkness. Production in hundreds of industries also has come to a grinding halt
The Central Government has ruled out any rethink on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has ruled out the possibility of imposing President's rule in Andhra Pradesh
The Centre has re-organised the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana. The number of members has been reduced from ten to seven
Union Ministers A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Veerappa Moily and Jairam Ramesh are the new members of the GoM. Other members of the panel are Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Minister of State for Personnel and Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy
On October 3, the Union Cabinet had decided to go ahead with the process for the creation of a separate Telangana state carved out from Andhra Pradesh.