YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy has called for a 72-hour shutdown in Seemandhra region to protest against the Union cabinet's approval for creation of Telangana as the 29th state.
The YSR party chief accused the Union government of trying to woo voters by approving the formation of Telangana.
"We have never seen a situation where the Union government has taken a unilateral decision to woo the voters. In fact, the whole process of having a national assembly has been ridiculed. This is very unfortunate for us. We demand that the cabinet members who ignored and betrayed state of Andhra Pradesh resign immediately," he told the media on Thursday.
According to television reports, in addition to Jagan's shutdown call, Seemandhra Lawyer Joint Action Committee (JAC) has also called a 48-hour shutdown in the 13 districts of Seemandhra.
The Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association too called for a 48-hour blockade of national highways, reports said.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, meanwhile, has convened an emergency meeting at 11.30am on Friday with ministers, MPs, MLCs and MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to discuss the developments after the approval of bifurcation of the state.
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the formation of Telangana from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh and said that Hyderabad will function as the joint capital for both states for the next ten years.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who read out the cabinet statement in New Delhi on Thursday evening, said that a Group of Ministers (GoM) would be constituted to look into various issues between the two states.
Shinde said that the GoM would work towards ensuring the safety and security of the residents in all the three regions of coastal Andhra, Rayalseema and Telangana, including the guarantee of their fundamental rights.
The GoM would also look at the issue of financial assistance for the state of Andhra Pradesh after the creation of Telangana, and see that the special needs of the backward regions and the districts are met.
The cabinet resolution would be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee with the recommendation that he refers it to the Andhra Pradesh state legislature.