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‘T’ groups go all out to scuttle APNGOs meet

Turf war:Lal Bahadur Stadium, the venue of the APNGOs’ meeting.— PHOTO: V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Turf war:Lal Bahadur Stadium, the venue of the APNGOs’ meeting.— PHOTO: V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM  

The proposed “Save Andhra Pradesh” public meeting by the AP Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association on September 7 in support of the united State appears to be heading for a showdown with Telangana protagonists strongly opposing it.

As the police gave conditional permission for the meeting, the first one in the city by supporters of the united Andhra Pradesh after the July 31 announcement on bifurcation by the Congress leadership, Telangana protagonists insisted that they too be given permission to conduct a “sadbhavana yatra’’ (peace rally) the same day. The police, however, denied permission for the rally.

City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma wanted the pro-Telangana organisations and groups to apply afresh giving the date and venue for the meeting.

Bandh call

Aggrieved by the denial of permission, the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee has called for a 24-hour Telangana bandh from Friday midnight.

Though JAC leaders claimed that the bandh was in protest against attempts to stall the Telangana process, it has also called for blockade of the highways leading to the city, apparently to prevent employees of Seemandhra region from reaching here.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, however, is understood to have told the JAC members that such meetings were unlikely to have any impact as the Congress leadership appeared to be firm on granting statehood to Telangana. Mr. Rao, who spoke to the TJAC members over telephone, is learnt to have asked them to conduct protests, if any, peacefully. The Osmania University students Joint Action Committee has opposed the meeting while the MRPS founder Manda Krishna called for a bandh on September 7. Telangana advocates took to legal recourse and filed a petition in the AP High Court challenging the permission granted to the meeting. The court which heard the arguments reserved its judgment for Friday.

Undeterred by the opposition to the proposed meeting, APNGOs Association president Ashok Babu reiterated that the Seemandhra employees would go ahead with it. Exhorting the NGOs to participate in large numbers, Mr. Babu warned that any attempts to thwart the meeting would prompt the NGOs to mount pressure on the Central government to stall the Telangana process.

Meanwhile, former APCC president D. Srinivas appealed to the APNGOs to confine themselves to highlighting the likely problems post-bifurcation without questioning the CWC decision to divide the State. The Telangana employees too should cooperate in ensuring that their protests did not come in the way of the peaceful conduct of the meeting.

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