YSR Congress Party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today called for a 72-hour bandh in protest against the union cabinet’s approval for creation of Telangana as the 29th state.
Holding the ruling Congress and main opposition TDP responsible for the decision,he demanded that all Lok Sabha members from Seemandhra regions quit,so that the process of division could be halted.
He took exception to Centre’s decision to go ahead with the division without taking on board the resolution of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
He recalled that Assembly resolutions were passed when the states of Chhattisgarh,Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were formed.
Future course of action by YSRCP would be decided soon,he said.
The ruling Congress suffered an immediate blow with three MPs Undavalli Arun Kumar,Ananta Venkatarami Reddy and Sabbam Hari quitting the party.
“Congress is stubbornly going ahead with the division of the state,overlooking concerns of people and the ongoing agitation for the last 65 days for a unified state.
“It has adopted a totally undemocratic and despotic attitude on the statehood issue,” TDP spokesman Payyavula Keshav said.
But Telugu Desam Telangana Forum leader Motkupalli Narasimhulu welcomed the Union Cabinet’s decision saying it was in tune with the TDP’s stand,taken in 2008.
YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy said the move to decide the state was part of a conspiracy hatched by the Congress and the TDP.