Congress MPs from Telangana on Tuesday called off their hunger strike as Andhra Pradesh government announced it would withdraw all cases against pro-statehood students and other protesters in connection with the agitations for and against bifurcation of the state.
Just 30 hours after the party MPs from the region launched an indefinite hunger-strike on the issue, home minister P Sabita Indra Reddy said the government has decided to withdraw all cases against the students and other protestors in accordance with the request made by all political parties in the state Assembly during its winter session.
"This is also intended to establish peace in the state," the home minister said emerging from a high-level meeting with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and later with a group of ministers from Telangana.
What surprised everyone was the haste with which the Kiran Kumar Reddy decided to withdraw all the cases in one go after earlier rejecting the political parties’ plea on the ground that the move could lead to legal complications.
The issue had rocked the winter session of the state Assembly with Telangana Rashtra Samiti disrupting proceedings for three days. The Congress had then refused to accept the demand for withdrawal of cases despite its own members joining hands with opposition parties.