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Ashok Babu asks students to take active part in the coming agitation

APNGOs’ State president P. Ashok Babu with the students of Vikrama Simhapuri University, in Nellore on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Ravikumar
APNGOs’ State president P. Ashok Babu with the students of Vikrama Simhapuri University, in Nellore on Wednesday.— Photo: K. Ravikumar

The APNGOs’ State president P. Ashok Babu has said that employees along with the students will start their agitation once again the moment the bifurcation bill is introduced for taking up a discussion in the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly.

He requested the students of Seemandhra regions to get ready and take active part in the coming agitation as they would also be the most affected in the event of bifurcation when it comes to job creation and higher education opportunities.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Ashok Babu said that there was no hope with regard to the statements of the Central Government or the Union Ministers hailing from Seemandhra that the division of the State would be carried out by ensuring a fair deal to the people of both regions. “They are trying to protect their political interests. In the process, they would not hesitate to deceive the people,” he added. When asked about Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s statement that justice would be done to Seemandhra regions, Mr. Ashok Babu said that the Centre should have to resolve hurdles with regard to 11 issues involved in the bifurcation process. Already, they were finding it difficult to come out with clear solutions and this would be impossible considering the fact such attempts were tried unsuccessfully in the past, he said.

Stating that the capital city issue was very critical, Mr. Ashok Babu said that divergent views were being expressed by the Seemandhra Union Ministers with no understanding of the subject. When there was the demand for separate Andhra state in 1972, the Central Government discussed the issue and came out with solutions which can now be the basis for approaching the court if the State were to be divided,” he added.

Mr. Ashok Babu, accompanied by Samaikyandhra students JAC leader Krishna Yadav, visited the Vikrama Simhapuri University and addressed the students there. He appealed to them not to believe in the statements by vested interests that the bifurcation was already completed.

For this, the democratic process had to be fulfilled which involves passage of the bill in Parliament and this would be very difficult as all national parties were against the division of AP as this would set a bad precedent.


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