Taking his protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to the heart of the capital, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday sat on a silent dharna at Jantar Mantar here against the centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana.
After paying homage to the Father of the Nation at Rajghat, Reddy began his dharna at Jantar Mantar here. A host of state ministers and MLAs from the Seemandhara region were also present on the dais. Later he was joined by four central ministers for a brief period.
The central ministers who met Reddy were M Pallam Raju, K Samba Siva Rao, D Purandeswari, Killi Kruparani.
“They should not introduce the bill (Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill),” K Sambasiva Rao said.
Asked what would be their next course of action in the event of government introducing the bill, he replied, “We will decide at that point of time.”
Union minister Pallam Raju alleged that the Bill is being proceeded against democratic norms.
“In its current form it, does not do justice to any region. Major concerns related to water and security of people living around Hyderabad have not been adequately addressed,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Telangana Congress leaders alleged Delhi Police misbehaved with the party workers and legislators from Telangana region at the Andhra Bhavan area here.
Telangana Congress leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha, accused Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy of turning the police against the pro-Telangana supporters.
They alleged police used force to remove pro-Telangana supporters outside the Andhra Bhawan.
“I strongly condemn the police action against our legislators and supporters at Andhra Bhavan,” Raja Narasimha said.
“It shows the dictatorial attitude of the Chief Minister,” charged Sudhakar Reddy, a prominent Telangana Congress leader.
Sources said police used minor force to remove supporters from both Telangana and Seemandhra sides when they clashed outside Andhra Bhavan.
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