Seemandhra govt workers up agitation against division
Government employees of the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh have intensified their agitation against the division of the state.Updated: Aug 06, 2013 00:50 IST
Government employees of the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh have intensified their agitation against the division of the state.
The AP Non Gazetted Officers Association has given a week’s time to all Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra) ministers — at the state and central levels — and legislators to resign and lead the movement for a united Andhra Pradesh.
“All of them should resign in the (assembly) Speaker format by midnight of August 12, failing which all government services would come to an indefinite halt,” said Ashok Babu, president of the association.
Though about 10 of the state’s ministers and more than 50 MLAs had resigned, not all of them submitted their letters to the Speaker, raising doubts about the genuineness of the exercise.
Union ministers such as K Chiranjeevi, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and JD Seelam, all belonging to the Congress, have rejected the idea of resignation, saying it is a futile step in keeping the state united.
The non-gazetted officers, who met Andhra Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana and Telugu Desam Party president Chandrababu Naidu, said on Monday if the politicians did not respect their interests and sentiments, the problem will escalate.
The employees started taking an active role in the agitation following Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s remark that employees belonging to Seemandhra should leave Hyderabad after Telangana was created.
Municipal workers in the 13 districts of Seemandhra have decided to strike work for three days, beginning from Monday.
Meanwhile, in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, the agitation against separation continued for the sixth consecutive day. The protests took the form of rallies, rail and road blockades, suicide attempts, and shutdowns of school, college and markets.
In places such as Chittoor, local MLAs sat on an indefinite fast.