With the bill for formation of separate Telangana state set to come up for debate in parliament Tuesday, YSR Congress and Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association, which represents government employees of Seemandhra, held the protests.
YSR Congress chief Jagan led the sit-in at Jantar Mantar. Party leaders and large number of activists participated in the protest to demand that the state should not be divided.
Party leaders and large number of activists participated in the protest
Speaking on the occasion, Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popular among his supporters, hit out at the Congress, saying it was splitting the state for electoral gains. He asked all political parties to oppose Telangana bill.
"If they keep quiet, the centre may divide many more states by misusing Article 3 of the Constitution," he said.
Jagan was one of the 16 MPs suspended by Lok Sabha speaker last Thursday when unprecedented clashes among pro and anti-Telangana lawmakers marred the tabling of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation 2013 Bill. An MP from Seemandhra even used pepper spray in the house.
(With agency inputs)