Jagan calls for shutdown after Telangana bill cleared
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy called for a shutdown in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday after the Telangana bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.india Updated: Feb 18, 2014 19:17 IST
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy called for a shutdown in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday after the Telangana bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
“It is a black day in the history of India. We saw how democracy can be killed in board daylight. The telecast of proceedings was shut off and the issue was taken up against the will of people of Andhra Pradesh,” Reddy, who was suspended earlier for protesting the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, said.
Security in Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh was beefed up and forces were put on alert to meet any eventuality on the law and order front after the legislation was cleared in the Lower House.
“We are monitoring the situation...police in districts have already been asked to be on alert...depending upon the situation we will take appropriate action,” additional director general of police (law and order) VSK Kaumudi said.
"We are on alert... there may be emotional flare-up in some parts... situation is being carefully monitored. Paramilitary forces along with state police personnel were deployed as a precautionary measure," another senior police official of Anantapur Range said.
Reddy, Lok Sabha member from Kadapa, earlier met BJP president Rajnath Singh, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and other leaders to seek their support against the division.