AP top Cong leaders asked to reach Delhi

Leaders make a last-ditch effort to keep the state united

AP top Cong leaders asked to reach Delhi

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narsimha and APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana have been asked by the Congress high command to be available in Delhi on Tuesday, a possible D-Day for Andhra Pradesh.

In a swift move, the Congress has finally called for the meeting of its highest policymaking body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), on Tuesday. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coordination panel will meet at 4 pm, ahead of the CWC meeting.

Political parties in the state were caught off-guard as the Congress advanced the date of the crucial UPA panel meeting and called the CWC to spell out its stand on the vexatious issue.

Seemandhra leaders from the state, who were trying to impress upon the party leadership to keep the state united, have decided to make a last-ditch effort on Tuesday morning either by writing letters or by meeting available senior leaders to present their case.

“We are requesting even Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCongress Party honorary president YS Vijayamma to give us letters with only one line in favour of the united state. We will rush to Delhi to impress upon decision makers that there is no unanimity on Telangana in Andhra Pradesh,” said Minister for Minor Irrigation T G Venkatesh.

Meanwhile, protests against the division of the state gathered momentum in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema in the state on Monday, as agitators laid siege to residences of Union ministers, state ministers and other people’s representatives and demanded their resignation in an effort to put pressure on the Congress high command.
In the meantime, security has been beefed up in Hyderabad as well as the rest of the state.

 Truckloads of personnel of the Rapid Action Force were seen deployed at strategic positions in Hyderabad, and a similar deployment is on the anvil in other major cities of the state.

Paramilitary forces staged march pasts in the streets of major Seemandhra towns, including Kadapa and Vijayawada.  Senior IPS officer and Deputy Inspector General of Andhra Pradesh Special Police Mohammad Iqbal sought voluntary retirement in protest against the proposal of dividing Rayalaseema to create a Rayala-Telangana state on Sunday.

Iqbal, a former chief security officer of Chandrababu Naidu, sent his letter to the chief secretary. He also sent his letter to Director-General of Police V Dinesh Reddy. Sources say he may join the TDP and contest the next election.

Iqbal, who is from Kurnool district, was so hurt that he requested the state government to accept his application immediately. “I have forwarded my voluntary resignation request to the DGP and the reason is personal. I intend to do some social work,” Iqbal told reporters. He refused to elaborate further. 

Iqbal, who has been conferred IPS rank, is said to have told his colleagues that his family belonged to different parts of Rayalaseema, and he will now have to travel to another state to meet his kin. “Did anyone care to ask the people what they feel about this proposal, “ Iqbal is said to have asked his friends.

Similar sentiments against a divided Andhra Pradesh were expressed by a former DGP in Visakhapatnam. Swaranjit Sen warned that the state would turn into another Chhattisgarh if it was divided.

He said Maoist activity would intensify if the Telangana state was carved out. He suggested that it would be better if the state was divided after resolving the Maoist problem in Chhattisgarh.

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