Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Maoists have called for a Telangana bandh on January 2 in support of the pro-Telangana state.

This was stated by Maoist central committee member Mallojula Koteshwar Rao in a telephonic interview to a Telugu news channel on Monday night.

Speaking to the channel over telephone, Mr. Rao, more popularly known as Kishenji, said his party was also calling for a bandh in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal to express solidarity with the demand for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The Maoist leader, who is spearheading the Lalgarh resistance movement in West Bengal, maintained the bandh was also opposed to the appointment of E.S.L. Narasimhan as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. He said Mr. Narasimhan, as the Governor of Chhattisgarh, was instrumental in unleashing of terror on tribal population in Bastar forests.

To a question, he said, people should realise that the social exploitation would not stop with formation of separate States.