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Striking employees not to call off stir without firm assurance

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy meeting electricity JAC leaders at his camp office on Tuesday.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy meeting electricity JAC leaders at his camp office on Tuesday.

APNGOs Association president P. Ashok Babu has said that they will go to talks with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday with an open mind but cannot call off their agitation without a categorical assurance from the government to address their concerns.

Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, he said that their main demand would be to keep the State united. The problems in the event of State bifurcation already figured in the Group of Ministers’ meeting on Monday and the Chief Minister was also aware of them.

Mr. Ashok Babu said their future course of action would be reviewed depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s talks. In the meantime, they would go ahead with the programme announced till September 19. All the employees associations would meet on September 20 and decide the next course of action, he said. The APNGOs laid siege to Central government offices and banks in Hyderabad and in the districts on Tuesday as part of their 48-hour bandh. In the next few days, public sector units in Visakhapatnam would observe 48-hour strike, he said. He said the violence in Vizianagaram was due to political rivalries and appealed to them not to repeat it.

The employees associations were writing open letters to all the Seemandhra MLAs to oppose State division and give their commitment to their constituents to keep the State united. Along with employees, political leaders should infuse confidence in public.

Employees from every district proposed to go to Delhi and stage dharnas at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi after the public meeting in Bhimavaram on October 10.


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