Andhra Pradesh is waiting with bated breath as the crucial Congress Working Committee meets on Tuesday evening to decide on Telangana. Protests erupted in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as those opposing the bifurcation staged demonstrations,blocked roads and enforced shutdowns.
After AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh stated that an announcement would be made on Tuesday,several non-Telangana Congress MPs who are not Union ministers are learnt have faxed a letter stating that they will resign in protest. Congress MLAs from Guntur,East and West Godavari,Vizianagaram,Anantapur and Kurnool are likely to resign. Congress MPs who met N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday are learnt to have asked the Chief Minister to do the same. The CM has not responded as yet. He has been summoned to Delhi by the party high command on Tuesday morning.
Protests were held at Vijayawada,Eluru,Guntur,Nellore,Visakhapatnam,Kadapa and Anantapur throughout the day. There were protests in Telangana too over reports that two Rayalaseema districts would be added to Telangana to create Rayala-Telangana state. The Telangana Joint Action Committee protested against Rayalaseema districts being attached to Telangana,saying it was never a part of their demand for a separate state. Congress leaders,MPs and MLAs went into a denial mode and openly expressed their disappointment.
Meanwhile,the Telangana Rashtra Samiti has opposed the idea of Rayala-Telangana and said that Telangana with only its 10 districts was acceptable and not two Rayalaseema districts attached to it. We want a separate state comprising the 10 districts that form Telangana. We are against any other non-Telangana district attached to the separate state, said party chief K Chandrasekhara Rao.
TJAC leaders and TRS leaders held meetings to discuss the developments in Delhi and decided to convey their opposition to the Congress if non-Telangana districts are made part of Telangana state.
In Visakhapatnam,Vijayawada and Kadapa,students,NGOs,lawyers and pro-Andhra Pradesh activists clashed with the police during protests. Groups of Samikya Andhra (united Andhra) activists attacked the house of Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal in Vijayawada,demanding his resignation. Protesters laid siege to residences of Congress MPs D Purandereswari,Pallam Raju,K S Rao,Sabbam Hari and Kavuri Sambasiva Rao.
Congress MLAs,contrary to their earlier stand that they would abide by partys decision,took out rallies. Protesters surrounded the houses of ministers hailing from Andhra and Rayalaseema.
All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has also opposed bifurcation of the state.