Hyderabad, August 30 (INN): State Minister and Seemandhra Legislators Forum Convener S Sailajanath on Friday said that ongoing agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema was not in the control of any political party.
Addressing a press conference at the Congress Legislature Party office here, Sailajanath said that the ongoing agitation was people’s movement. He dismissed the reports that there was no agitation before the Congress Working Committee announced its decision on Telangana last month. He said any kind of protests was kept in abeyance by the Congress leaders from the Seemandhra region as they were confident that the Centre would not divide the State. However, after the CWC’s agitation, people took the matter into their hands and came out on roads to express their anger. He said now it was impossible for any political party to drive the people away from streets unless the Centre reverses its decision on State’s bifurcation.
Sailajanath also informed that all Congress legislators from Seemandhra region would participate in the dharna at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Assembly premises on September 3. When asked about the participation of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana in the dharna, he said that since both the leaders hail from Seemandhra region, they would certainly participate in the protest. He said the Union Ministers and MPs from the Seemandhra region too have been invited to participate in dharna.
He appealed to the TDP, YSRCP, CPI and BJP to withdraw their resolutions favouring formation of Telangana. He said that the sentiments for Samaikhyandhra were too intense and all the parties who supported State’s division would face the ire of people in future. He said that the Atma Gaurav Yatra of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu would fail unless he extends open support to Samaikhyandhra.