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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

Seemandhra shutdown for 2nd day over Telangana

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, February 14, 2014
First Published: 12:47 IST(14/2/2014) | Last Updated: 08:40 IST(15/2/2014)

Hyderabad: Bandh, resignations and bouquets for Vijaywada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, Seemandhra remained on the boil for the second consecutive day on Friday.

The region, which was shut down on Thursday to protest against the introduction of the Telangana bill  in Parliament, remained shut  — this time to protest against “the assault on the Seemandhra MPs in the house”.

The other grouse was the suspension of 16 parliamentarians from the region from the Lok Sabha. Several legislators have condemned the suspension of the 16 Seemandhra MPs from the house and questioned why other Congress MPs from other regions were not suspended “even though they were also present in the well at the time of the ruckus”.

Read: Telangana bill tabled in Lok Sabha

Read: Suspend MPs disrupting Parliament: Digvijaya Singh

With the bandh being supported by government employees, YSRCP and TDP cadres, Transport services came to a halt in several parts of 13 districts. Educational and business establishments also remained shut. Protesters held rallies and blocked the roads. The bandh for united Andhra Pradesh, however, remained peaceful.

On Thursday, three Seemandhra Congress MLAs had resigned from the party protesting the T-bill introduction. The three – Satyananda Rao, Sridhara Krishna Reddy and Adala Prabhakar Reddy — are likely to join the TDP. Several more MLAs are expected to exit the party and join either TDP or YSRCP in the coming days.

Read: Lagadapati Rajagopal basks in glory in Seemandhra for pepper spray act

Short poster-ads, meanwhile, came out hailing Rajagopal as “Andhra Bhagat Singh” — for his Thursday’s pepper spray act in Lok Sabha.

CM Kiran Reddy is continuing his consultations with his Seemandhra colleagues on his resignation move, which could be expected in the next few days.

Read: Pepper spray leaves stain on Indian democracy: MPs

Read: Govt was warned of trouble, but pepper spray sprang a surprise

In Delhi, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, met BJP president Rajnath Singh and sought his support against the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Although the BJP is in favour of the plan to create Telangana, Reddy said after his meeting with Singh that he hoped opposition parties would oppose the proposal to split Andhra Pradesh.

After the meeting, Reddy said they had a very detailed discussion. “I am hopeful that wisdom would dawn upon all opposition parties and all of them would stand up against this injustice,” Reddy said.

Read: MPs behaviour in LS over Telangana dissaproved by majority: HT poll

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(With PTI inputs)


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