Press meet disrupted by a contingent of Samaikyandhra JAC
Unable to bear the Samaikyandhra heat, members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) assured people of taking up the bifurcation issue with the core committee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The members of AAP, a few of whom had come from Hyderabad, were addressing a press meet, when the proceedings were disrupted by a contingent of Samaikyandhra JAC, led by its convenor Naraharisetti Srihari, at the Press Club here on Sunday.
They even gheraoed the members and accused them of plotting with the Congress party by supporting the bifurcation. “Many of its members such as P. Rama Rao who was with the Samaikyandhra JAC switched sides to join AAP and today they are singing a different tune. The core committee members of the party are based in Delhi, and they do not have an understanding of the sentiments of Andhra, hence talking of bifurcation. We will not allow them to succeed,” said Mr. Srihari.
Unable to bear the heat and the pressure from the Samaikyandhra JAC members, Rama Rao and M. Sai Babu promised to submit a memorandum to the core committee, highlighting the sentiments and the issues pertaining to it.
Mr. Rama Rao went to the extent of saying that the core committee members were not fully aware of the scenario and were misinformed. “We shall apprise them of the situation,” he said.
However, the party’s Campaign Committee Convenor of the state B. Ramakrishna Raju said that AAP believed in establishment of smaller states for better governance and keeping that in mind, party’s senior leader Prashant Bhushan had favoured bifurcation of the state, and this appears to have triggered a controversy. “We are actually yet to take a stance on the issue,” he said.
Taking a cue from what Mr. Ramakrishna Raju had said, the Samaikyandhra JAC convenor lashed out that the AAP was an agglomeration of confused minds.