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Won’t give up Hyd

Won’t give up Hyd
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The APNGOs succeeded in bringing the struggle for United Andhra Pradesh to the state capital demanding the Centre to take back its decision to bifurcate the state by holding a massive show of strength at L B Stadium. They declared that they were not ready to give up Hyderabad at any cost and resolved to hold a million march if the Centre decides to introduce a Bill for bifurcation of the state without taking the agitation into consideration and addressing the problems.

Massive show of strength by APNGOs


  • Bring Samaikyandhra struggle to Hyderabad
  • Million March if Centre introduces Bill
  • Meeting passes off peacefully despite concern

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislators stage a sit-in at the Assembly, not far from L B Stadium, to protest the government's attitude

Hyderabad: The APNGOs succeeded in bringing the struggle for United Andhra Pradesh to the state capital demanding the Centre to take back its decision to bifurcate the state by holding a massive show of strength at L B Stadium. They declared that they were not ready to give up Hyderabad at any cost and resolved to hold a million march if the Centre decides to introduce a Bill for bifurcation of the state without taking the agitation into consideration and addressing the problems.

For the first time about over fifty thousand employees from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions came to Hyderabad by trains and buses with the slogan Save Andhra Pradesh amidst a bandh call given by TJAC and other organisations protesting against the decision of the government to permit the meeting of APNGOs while denying them an opportunity to hold a peace rally.

Significantly, employees from Telangana districts like Nalgonda, Khammam, Medak and Warangal – though small in number – also attended the 'Save Andhra Pradesh' rally. Protests were held at some places in the city. Pro-Telangana students tried to barge into APNGOs Bhavan building but were arrested by the police. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislators staged a sit-in at the Assembly, not far from L B Stadium, to protest the government's attitude.

Setting the agenda for the meeting, P Ashok Babu, president of Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association, said the people of Seemandhra were not ready to accept division or give up Hyderabad as their livelihood was linked to the city. He said that he had no political ambitions in leading the movement.

Dr P Mitra, who was the face of erstwhile Prajarajaym Party of Chiranjeevi, called upon leaders like N Chandrababu Naidu and Sharmila to “stop their drama of bus yatra’s and announce that they had committed a mistake in supporting bifurcation. He also said that if the Congress leaders resigned the process would not move forward.

APSRTC leader Chandrasekhar Reddy said that if the state got divided, RTC with Rs 5000 crore loss would be doomed. Student leader Krishna Yadav said the people of Seemandhra were not against people of Telangana. Their fight was against the MPs from the Seemandhra region who were refusing to resign and join the agitation.

The Secretariat employees association president Murali Krishna said that once the state was bifurcated, the new state would not have thousands of jobs as was being claimed by the T leaders and hence bifurcation would be a loss to the people of the T region as well.

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