New Delhi, Feb.17 ANI | 10 months ago

Thousands of protestors from Andhra Pradesh on Monday gathered here to participate in an anti-Telangana agitation over the proposed bifurcation of the state.

In order to stall the Telangana bill and urge the government to withdraw its decision, the YSR Congress of Jagan Mohan Reddy and Seemandhra government employees will protest in different parts of the city.

Due to security concerns, three metro stations have been shut till evening in the heart of the city.

The government recently approved the creation of Telangana, a move that has revived deep political divisions in Andhra Pradesh and raised fears of violence in the area between pro and anti Telangana groups.

"You will have to take back your decision immediately. If not, we are coming to Delhi, we are showing our strength then only you have to withdraw your decision," said Rami Reddy, a protestor from Guntur.

Expelled Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal said the ministers and lawmakers of his party would protest against the Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha.

"Our ministers and MPs will protest in the parliament. They will raise a serious concern over the way parliament is functioning. We are sure that more MPs will support them in their movement," he said.

Earlier this week, the parliament erupted in mayhem when a lawmaker fired pepper spray in the house in protest against the Telangana Bill, which left lawmakers coughing, sneezing and holding scarves to their faces. The agitated protesters also broke a glass table and broke an official's microphone.

The furor erupted after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde rose to table the bill.

Andhra Pradesh MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who was later expelled from the Congress, then unleashed a pepper spray.

The decision to divide Andhra Pradesh comes ahead of the general elections next year.

(Posted on 17-02-2014)

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