Thursday, August 1, 2013

Protests continue for second day, add to Telangana birth pangs

New Delhi/Hyderabad: August 01, 2013(7STARNEWS)The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded a bill be brought on Telangana in this session of Parliament, but some other parties feared repercussions in other states where separate statehood movements were afoot.

Tuesday\'s go-ahead for formation of Telangana has spurred old demands for creation of separate states of Vidarbha from Maharashtra, Bodoland from Assam, Gorkhaland from West Bengal and Bundelkhand from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to fulfil regional and ethnic aspirations.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the decision to create Telangana state was taken by the Congress party and not the government (headed by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance dispensation).

\"It will be considered a government decision when the bill comes. We will fully support the bill and ensure its passage so that the very old demand of Telananga is fulfilled,\" the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha said after the all-party meet.

In Seemandhra - as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra, the two non-Telangana regions are called - shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained shut in all major towns, while buses were off the roads.

Battling to keep Andhra Pradesh united, protesters took to the streets to mount pressure on the Centre to reconsider the decision to carve out Telangana, which was merged into the state in 1956 despite stiff opposition.

Raising slogans of \'Jai Samaikya Andhra\' or united Andhra, the protesters including students, political activists, employees, teachers and lawyers took out rallies.

Buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation remained confined to depots in Kadapa, Anantapur, Chittoor and Kurnool districts of Rayalaseema and several parts of coastal Andhra.

Protests were reported in Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Tirupati, Chittoor, Nellore, Vijayawada, Guntur, Eluru, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Vijaynagaram and other towns.

No major incident of violence, however, was reported, officials said. On Wednesday, three police officials had been injured in stone throwing by protesters.

Along with the groundswell of emotions, political masters will now have to contend with the complicated exercise of splitting assets and liabilities of Andhra Pradesh to carve out Telangana.
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