Seemandhra Congress leaders to take APNGO leaders to New Delhi

In a significant development, Seemandhra Congress leaders have roped in AP Non-Government Officers’ (APNGO) association leaders to accompany them to New Delhi on January 21 to pressure the Centre against bifurcation of the State.

The move to take on board the employees associations is to prove to the Congress leadership and the Union government that bifurcation of the State would lead to stiff resistance. The move is akin to the political parties in Telangana drawing widespread support from various JAC of employees and other organisations in the region.

Ministers -- S. Sailajanath, Kondru Murali, Erasu Pratap Reddy and Ganta Srinivas Rao -- held a meeting with APNGO leaders and invited them to Delhi. In the days to come, formation of political JAC is also under consideration. “We have asked at least 10 representatives of the APNGO association to come with us to Delhi,” Minister for Ports and Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao told The Hindu on Saturday.

“Leaders from all political parties from Samaikyandra will raise their voice against bifurcation in the next few days. There is ample scope for forming a political JAC,” said a senior Congress leader who is in touch with key functionaries of other parties.

Sources said Seemandhra Congress leaders, through the memorandum, want to impress upon the Centre and the high command that merely numbers should not be a criterion to divide the State. The memorandum would make a specific mention about the fissures that have cropped up in parties such as TDP and the YSRC over the bifurcation issue.

“After the all-party meeting last month, differences have cropped up among leaders in the TDP. How can one say that a majority of the parties have given single opinion favouring statehood to Telangana?” Dr. Sailajanath told The Hindu .

“We want to highlight the statements made by leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi on Telangana,” he said. The Seemandhra leaders argued that they would not settle for anything less than united State and that Andhra Pradesh cannot be divided merely for the Lok Sabha seats.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to mobilise maximum number of Ministers and legislators for the Delhi visit.

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