Telangana freezes life in Andhra Pradesh; bandh call

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New Delhi, Jul 5: After the resignations by Telangana MPs and MLAs, the agitators are determined to step up their protest by calling for a 48 hour bandh in Andhra Pradesh. With the state Assembly in state of limbo over the mass resignations, the Kiran Kumar Reddy governmet is a worried lot. Monday saw a whopping 35 Congress MLAs submit their resignations to the Deputy speaker.

News has emerged on Tuesday that TRS Chief K Chandrashekar Rao has faxed his resignation to the speaker. Prohibitory orders have also been put in place in the highly volatile areas of Hyderabad and surrounding areas keeping in mind the sensitivity of the issue.

Of the 53 member assembly, the resignations of 35 MLAs on Monday is sure to act as a major setback to the majority position the Congress enjoys. 37 of Telugu Desam party (TDP) MLAs also submitted their resignations on Monday.

There was much drama in the Centre too with the mass resignation drama being enacted in Delhi. As many as 9 Lok Sabha MPs and 1 Rajya Sabha MP have put in their papers. Now, with the pressure mounting on the man at the helm K Chandrashekar Rao's Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) to take a strong position for this simmering cause said in a public speech, "Telangana will be like a furnace from tomorrow. I appeal to the Prime Minister to take immediate steps for formation of separate statehood."

With the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) calling for a bandh that includes a rail roko campaign and a total freeze in transport systems predominantly in the Telangana region, with the TRS head stating, "Buses and trains will not move." In a series of inciting speeches Rao has been delivering across the state supporting the statehood call, he declared, "Complete rail roko would be observed on July eight and nine. The rail roko would be organised in such a way that the traffic from north India to south India is snapped."

There will also be a re-run of the 'cooking on the street' protest on Jul 10, said the TRS President. He also called for student bodies to play a major part in the agitation by carrying out rallies for the cause. The state government employees from Telangana are also joining hands in the agitation by planning for an indefinite strike.

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