The Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association will launch an indefinite strike from Monday night in pursuit of its demand that all legislators of the Seemandhra region should resign to press for getting the Telangana decision cancelled.
“This is a civil revolution to be held in a peaceful manner. We request support of all sections of society,” Ashok Babu, president of the association, said.
A meeting between a group of ministers and the government employees on Monday was unsuccessful in persuading the latter to withdraw their strike notice. The non-gazetted officers had served the government strike notice last week after setting a deadline of seven days for all the ministers, MPs and MLAs to resign in support of united Andhra Pradesh.
Though several ministers, MPs and MLAs had resigned, some central ministers such as Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and K Chiranjeevi refused to do so, stating it would not serve any purpose.
Meanwhile, some Seemandhra Congress leaders and legislators are planning to go to New Delhi on Tuesday to press the Centre not to divide the state.
Andhra CM takes on Modi
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday lambasted his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, a day after the latter accused him of failing to provide skills and jobs to the youth of the state.
“Talk of an ignorant (person) is bearable but not from someone who knows the facts,” Reddy said at a press meet.
Reddy said his state was far ahead of Tamil Nadu — mentioned by Modi as doing well on skills and jobs — and even Gujarat in youth employment programmes.
“In Gujarat 52,000 youth are provided skills training and in Tamil Nadu, it is 1.6 lakh. But in Andhra Pradesh, we have provided not only skills but also enabled 3.25 lakh jobs in the private sector,” Reddy said.
Reddy also said Modi had appreciated the work of the Andhra Pradesh government when a team of officials from the state had visited Gujarat.
Reddy asked why the Ladli-Lakshmi Yojana (a scheme for girls) of Madhya Pradesh was not being implemented in Gujarat “if Modi finds it very good”.