YSRCP calls for bandh on Jan 3

Hyderabad, Jan 1, 2014: YSR
Congress would undertake an agitation programme in protest against the division
process which is against the federal and democratic spirit and will begin with
a bandh on January 3 which will be followed by motorcycle rally and relay
hunger strikes while the Party will insist on a resolution in the Assembly.

“The sanctity of the
Assembly is at question with Delhi dictating the proceedings and the State is
taking up discussion on the division Bill. This is against the federal spirit
and the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of our Party which met under the
leadership of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to carry out protest programmes
to highlight the undemocratic procedure that the state assembly is adopting,”
party senior leader Dr MV Mysoora Reddy told reporters after the PAC meeting.

We are calling for a bandh
on January 3 along with all groups and organisations that are in favour of an
integrated state and on January 4 there will be a motorcycle rally. On January
6 human chains will be formed to express the willingness to keep the state
united and from January 7 to 10 party cadre and integrationists will undertake
relay hunger strikes, he said.

Right from the
communication from President Pranab Mukherjee, the proceedings were not in tune
with healthy parliamentary practices but are being run according to the
dictates of Delhi, so it seems. Assembly resolution was never considered though
we have been demanding for it. The State is going ahead without taking the
Assembly into confidence.

Nowhere in the country was
a state reorganised or split without an assembly resolution. When Gujarat was
separated from Maharashta, when Northeastern states were formed from Assam,
division of Haryana and Punjab and the more recent Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh and
Jharkhand, there was a resolution in the respective state assembly which formed
the basis for the division.

“When it came to Andhra
Pradesh there has been no basis and no resolution has been passed but the
Congress is dealing the issue as if it is an internal party affair. We oppose
this sternly and press for a resolution to be adopted in the house.

Depending on the assembly
proceedings, we will take our decisions to take forward the fight for a united
state,” he said.

The earlier Commissions
must have thought that article 3 would not be misused and hence Sarkaria
Commission was silent on the issue. But here there is a blatant violation on
part of the Centre as it has by-passed the Assembly and is going ahead with the
division, he said.

When asked about the
challenge of N Chandrababu Naidu for an open debate, he said, our party
Honorary President YS Vijayamma has filed a petition against him on 18 counts
of corruption charges. If he is prepared for an open debate we are ready to
take up the challenge, he said.

Changing the portfolio of D
Sridhar Babu from Legislative Affairs is purely the prerogative of the Chief
Minister and that will in no way help to the united state stand, he said.


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