Prez nod to Telangana bill shocks Seemandhra

The leaders of Seemandhra who have been fighting a losing battle to stop the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Bill 2013 at every level of its assent termed Monday a ‘Black Day’ in the history of Andhra Pradesh.

The general mood of people in the 13 districts of Coastal and Rayalaseema region was that the President would at least send the Bill for legal opinion. Th leaders in the region have expressed their shock over the move.“If the Bill is passed in Rajya Sabha I will quit the party,” was the reaction of T G Venkatesh, minister for minor irrigation. He added that president was misguided by the government, and otherwise he would not have accepted the bill in the present form.

Rajahmundry Congress MP, Undavalli Arun Kumar addressing Andhra Pradesh Journalist Forum expressed hope that the apex court will intervene at some stage and stop the process. He added that Congress “is committing a grave mistake.” Newly elected Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao, in Delhi said that MPs of Seemandhra from of all political parties are united and will see that the Bill is not passed.

However, APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana opined that resignation of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy at this stage will only weaken the agitation for Samaikhyandhra. “The CM can’t shirk his responsibility at this crucial stage,” Botsa said.

Several Seemandhra leaders have announced their intension to quit the Congress for the sake of united AP, while APSRTC employees served notice on the management that they would go on indefinite strike from February 13 protesting against the move to bifurcate the state.

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