After holding a dharna at Parliament complex and undertaking protests on the Assembly premises, the Seemandhra Congress lawmakers have decided to organise separate delegations of students, traders and farmers to Delhi to persuade the AICC leadership to take back its T-decision.
Apart from explaining to the national leaders about their apprehensions over bifurcation and why they want the state to remain united, the leaders of these delegations will also stage dharnas at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to attract the attention of national leaders as well as the national media.
Minister TG Venkatesh is all set to lead two separate delegations of students and traders from Seemandhra to Delhi.
Around 600 students from various universities from Seemandhra will leave for Delhi on September 30. They will stay in Delhi for three days. The delegation will meet AICC top brass and also stage a sit-in at Jantar Mantar. SK University students’ JAC convener M Aswartha said 50 students from each university from the region are likely to take part in the Delhi yatra.
The Seemandhra Congress leaders, who met on Monday felt that their party high command was not giving much importance to the repeated visits by them to Delhi. Hence, they felt if they could take representatives of students, traders and farmers to the national capital, then there would be some impact.
“It would be proper to take separate delegations of students, traders and farmers since it is these sections who would be worst affected by the proposed bifurcation. We are holding discussions in this regard with the Samaikyandhra JAC leaders,” TG Venkatesh said.
Nine Seemandhra ministers, who met at the residence of Ghanta Srinivasa Rao at the Ministers’ Quarters here on Monday evening, resolved to adopt a two-pronged strategy--to intensify their agitation to keep AP intact and to take on the TDP and the YSRC.
The leaders felt that Antony committee might not visit the state as thought earlier as the defence minister is undergoing surgery at present.
DHARNA IN HYD
Minister Sake Sailajanath said after Ganesh immersion on September 18, the Seemandhra Congress MLAs and MLCs would stage a 48-hour deeksha in Hyderabad. The date would be formally announced soon, he added. They also decided to go to Delhi again and meet the party top brass and if possible AICC president Sonia Gandhi and apprise her of the ground-level situation in Seemandhra.
Sailajanath and Erasu Pratap Reddy they were continuing as ministers only to defeat the T-resolution in the Assembly. Soon after that, they would quit their posts, they added. The ministers condemned the attack on TG Venkatesh on Monday at Kurnool. Venkatesh alleged that the attack was engineered by pro-YSRC lawyers.