Pro-AP employees swarm Hyderabad for united state - The New Indian Express

Pro-AP employees swarm Hyderabad for united state

Published: 08th September 2013 07:30 AM

Last Updated: 08th September 2013 10:32 AM

Amidst attacks by suspected pro-Telangana elements, a large number of government employees from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions congregated on Saturday for a meeting- Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika - where speakers asked the Congress to rescind the move to bifurcate the state or face political consequences.

The meeting at the sprawling Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here coincided with a bandh in Telangana, from where stray incidents of violence were reported.

Addressing the gathering, APNGOs president P Ashok Babu said that they would intensify the agitation and even prepared to organise a ‘Million March’ in Hyderabad opposing the division of the state.

As per the High Court directions, the meeting started at 2 pm and ended at 5.20 pm. Only government employees with ID cards were allowed inside the LB Stadium. Ashok Babu, who chaired the meeting, said that their movement was a apolitical one.

“I have no political ambitions,” he said. Listing out the losses being incurred by the Seemandhra districts, if the state was divided, he suggested the Centre for a health debate on resolving the issue.

He said that there were no guidelines about service conditions of around 40,000 Seemandhra employees working in Hyderabad. There were around six lakh government pensioners and there was no clarity about which government would pay their pension amounts. “Already pensioners filed cases in courts after the creation of states like Chhattisgarh and others,” Ashok Babu said.

He said that the employees were now under the umbrella of Zonal system.  “Once the state is divided, then the presidential orders will go and state will become a unit. This will create problems for employees in promotions,” Ashok Babu explained.

‘’Our resolve is to have a unified state. Bifurcation is detrimental to everyone,” he said. He said they were not against Telangana people and they were only highlighting the United Andhra theory. Ashok Babu said that people of all the three regions had a right over Hyderabad.

Meanehile, tension prevailed at the Nizam College grounds when Telangana supportes pelted stones at the police and APNGOs to thwart the rally.

The stretch between Basheerbagh and police control room has become a virtual battle ground with the police resorting to lathicharge on the students who lobbed stones at the APNGOs. In the incident, as many as three employees were injured.

The police arrested as many as 366 protestors from various places in the city for taking out rallies, forcibly closing business establishments, staging rasta rokos and dharnas.

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