Bifurcation against people’s wish, employees tell HC

Published: 24th September 2013 11:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2013 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

The striking Seemandhra employees on Monday told the High Court that they would call off the agitation if the Centre makes a statement that it will not take any decision on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Continuing his arguments before a division bench comprising chief justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and justice KC Bhanu, counsel C Ramachandra Raju, arguing for AP Revenue Services Employees’ Association, said the ongoing agitation has turned into a massive public movement with the demand to keep the state united.

The counsel said the people’s mandate has been violated by those in power. Bifurcation of the state is against the people’s wish. The ongoing strike will be withdrawn only if the Central government declares that it is not taking any decision on the issue and that it is not concerned with political parties or their resolutions on the issue, he added.

Ramachandra Raju urged the court not to issue writ of mandamus in the present case and wanted the PILs to be kept pending by two to four weeks. He hoped that the contentious issue will be resolved through discussions.

He warned of severe consequences if the government resorted to any steps against the striking employees.

In fact, the government has no moral strength to take action on the employees as the strike was supported by six crore people of Seemandhra region, he said.

Citing Supreme Court judgments, he urged the court to dismiss the petitions as no public interest is involved in the case.

MS Prasad, counsel arguing for AP Treasury Services Employees’ Association, said the petitioners lack bona fides.

The PILs are not maintainable and liable for dismissal, he said. The arguments will continue on Tuesday.

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