Andhra CM Reddy takes his protest against Telangana decision to Delhi, sits on dharna at Jantar Mantar

He was joined by four central ministers along with a host of state ministers and MLAs from Seemandhara region.

New Delhi | Published:February 5, 2014 7:51 pm
Reddy sat on dharna in protest gainst the centre's move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI Photo) Reddy sat on dharna in protest gainst the centre’s move to carve out a separate state of Telangana. (PTI Photo)

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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  1. S
    Suren
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm
    “It shows the dictatorial atude of the Chief Minister,” charged Sudhakar Reddy, a prominent Telangana Congress leader.So, what does the atude of Central Government say in this matter? If a state government has rejected the bill, then taking it up in Parliament is unconsutional. Does it not show the dictatorial atude of the Federal government?
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      Rao
      Feb 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm
      The proposed Telangana Bill in 2013 is a political compulsion for Congress. It was not aimed to benefit T people as thought by T leaders. As BJP with its marginal presence in Telangana region blindly canves for T state hoping to increase its presence in T region, Congress wants to counter it. Andhra Pradesh historically a strong hold for Congress , it is not at all want to increase BJP presence which seems imminent due to its T slogan. Congress high command pla a master stroke by announcing Telangana creation on July 30 just a week before the Modi's first political rally in Hyderabad. Now Congress wants to make BJP a victim by taking credit of Telangana creation it is supports in parliament or making BJP scape goat if it rejects T bill. BJP will not get any benefit either by voting in its favor or by opposing it. Either way Congress successfully put a stop to BJP in increasing its presence in T state. It has already made TDP weak by coining Telangana slogan. BJP never thought so seriously about Andhra but now it is imminent to play its card right so that it will nullify Congress mileage. BJP should ensure to defeat the T bill indirectly but by supporting it openly. They need to bail out TRS who is riding lion ( T agitation) which is not easy to abandon now without a reason to show to public. It is the combined responsibility of Congress, BJP and all other parties to stall the division and kill the T agitation for ever so that Nation will not loose its growth again like it did in last 5 years.
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      1. R
        Rao
        Feb 5, 2014 at 8:41 pm
        The proposed Telangana Bill in 2013 is a political compulsion for Congress. It was not aimed to benefit T people as thought by T leaders. As BJP with its marginal presence in Telangana region blindly canves for T state hoping to increase its presence in T region, Congress wants to counter it. Andhra Pradesh historically a strong hold for Congress , it is not at all want to increase BJP presence which seems imminent due to its T slogan. Congress high command pla a master stroke by announcing Telangana creation on July 30 just a week before the Modi's first political rally in Hyderabad. Now Congress wants to make BJP a victim by taking credit of Telangana creation it is supports in parliament or making BJP scape goat if it rejects T bill. BJP will not get any benefit either by voting in its favor or by opposing it. Either way Congress successfully put a stop to BJP in increasing its presence in T state. It has already made TDP weak by coining Telangana slogan. BJP never thought so seriously about Andhra but now it is imminent to play its card right so that it will nullify Congress mileage. BJP should ensure to defeat the T bill indirectly but by supporting it openly. They need to bail out TRS who is riding lion ( T agitation) which is not easy to abandon now without a reason to show to public. It is the combined responsibility of Congress, BJP and all other parties to stall the division and kill the T agitation for ever so that Nation will not loose its growth again like it did in last 5 years.
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          Guest
          Feb 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm
          Everyone wants to ensure that the state be bifurcated. 70 per cent people of Andhra Pradesh are for formation of a separate state of Telangana.This is for the not the first time the division of the state has been rejected by the state embly. We would want the state be bifurcated.Both the regions (Telangana and Seemandhra) will progress if the state is divided.Silent moments to mourn Andhra bifurcation has been held
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          1. G
            Guest
            Feb 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm
            Everyone wants to ensure that the state be bifurcated. 70 per cent people of Andhra Pradesh are for formation of a separate state of Telangana.This is for the not the first time the division of the state has been rejected by the state embly. We would want the state be bifurcated.Both the regions (Telangana and Seemandhra) will progress if the state is divided.Silent moments to mourn Andhra bifurcation has been held
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              ManninaMagha
              Feb 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm
              Why divide the state when people of the state are not convinced. UPA should first convince the people and act accordingly.
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              1. M
                ManninaMagha
                Feb 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm
                Why divide the state when people of the state are not convinced. UPA should first convince the people and act accordingly.
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                  Rohit
                  Feb 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm
                  Now, is it proved that CMs and Ministers can sit on Dharna?
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