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Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times
Hyderabad, February 20, 2014
Except the nerve-centres of the Telangana agitation like Osmania University, Nizam College, TRS office and some government offices, the rest of the city largely remained indifferent to the now almost-certain prospects of a new state. “I am in a private company and not in government to be bothered about my job,” said Avinash Kumar, 25, who recently moved to Hyderabad from Vizag.

Government employees, hailing from Seemandhra, were in the forefront opposing bifurcation as it would impact their lives owing to transfers to the Seemandhra government. Some of them are now coming to terms with the division.

But the bifurcation has miffed industrialists in the city, a majority of them from Seemandhra. “I would not pull out my investments but I might not like to invest here anymore,” said Seshagiri Rao, who runs a small scale pharma unit.

Though some earlier statements like “Andhra wale bhaago” from TRS raised tensions, the same party’s leaders are now calling for everyone to live in peace. 

Daily earners like the auto-drivers are a worried lot. “It is the Seemandhra people who are big spenders. Lot of Telangana people do not prefer the autos,” said Mallesh Yadav,  34, a Telanganite from the city.

Meanwhile, the bandh was held on Wednesday backed by YSRCP and TDP cadres in Seemandhra. Road blockades and rallies were carried out in several places in 13 districts.