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‘2014 elections will be decisive’

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‘Political equations are changing and it is premature to pick a party to keep State unified’

APNGO's Association president P. Ashok Babu with trade union leaders in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.Photos: A. Manikanta Kumar
APNGO's Association president P. Ashok Babu with trade union leaders in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.Photos: A. Manikanta Kumar

If the present situation continues, the 2014 elections would decide the issue of unified Andhra Pradesh, president of APNGOs’ Association and chairman of the Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika P. Ashok Babu here on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting with representatives of trade unions of public sector undertakings and Central government departments to chalk out a protest programme in the city, Mr. Ashok Babu also observed that political equations were changing now and it was premature to pick a political party that would keep the State unified. If a political party happens to be sincerely working for a unified State “we might give a thought to it at the time of elections”, he said.

Asked if he would welcome the Chief Minister’s stand on Samaikyandhra, which appeared to be a revolt against party high command, Mr. Ashok Babu said he had not gone through the full details. He made it clear that the employees would not believe the Congress party as different leaders made different statements, which he felt was the party’s strategy. “Going back on the promise of bifurcating the State is as difficult as going ahead with it”, he said.

The APNGOs’ leader reiterated the employees’ stand that no politician would be allowed to join the agitation if he or she continued with the party. “All Seemandhra MPs, including Ministers, must resign to stall the proposed Bill for Telangana, and all MLAs must ensure that the resolution for a separate State does not get passed in the Assembly,” Mr. Ashok Babu said.

When asked about closure of schools continuously for a long time, the APNGOs’ leader said the teachers before joining the agitation gave an assurance that they would work even during holidays and vacation to complete the syllabus so that academic year was not lost. Compared to the Independence struggle, the loss suffered now was negligible. Regarding strike by APSRTC employees, he said that they were ready to fight till the end, and were not willing to work in a corporation that was divided into two.

Employees of the PSUs and Central government organisations in the city would take out rallies at Gajuwaka and city proper on October 4 and 5 respectively. A strike would also be observed later.

Mass CL

Engineers of various Municipal Corporations and municipalities in Seemandhra went on a mass casual leave for three days from September 26 and street lights bandh was observed on Saturday to protest against the proposed bifurcation of the state.

Around 900 engineers for Assistant Engineer to Chief Engineer cadre in the 13 districts in Seemandhra and Ministerial Staff of Seemandhra region working in Departmental Head Offices located in Hyderabad went on Mass CL for three days, according to a statement issued by the Samaikhyandhra JAC of AP Municipal Engineering Services Association and Association of Public Health and Municipal Engineers here on Saturday.

Doctors, junior doctors, staff nurses and Class-IV employees of King George Hospital continued their protests against the proposed bifurcation of the state for the 58{+t}{+h}day on Saturday.

They raised slogans and staged a dharna at the KGH Main gate. Later, a signature campaign against bifurcation was conducted and KGH Superintendent Madhusudhan Babu launched the programme by signing on the board.

Some of the Samaikhyandhra Medical JAC members participated in the relay hunger strike on Saturday.

APNGO's Association president P. Ashok Babu with trade union leaders in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar


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