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Oct 17, 2013 at 08:02pm IST

Andhra government staff in Seemandhra end strike after talks with CM

Hyderabad: In a major political victory for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, government employees in Seemandhra region of the state have called off their strike over the proposal to divide the state and create Telangana. The protesting employees decided to end strike comes after talks with the Chief Minister.

Andhra Pradesh Non Gazetted Officers had been on strike since August 12 to protest against the bifurcation of the state. The strike had led to a paralysis kind of situation as entire administration of the 13 coastal districts of Andhra Pradeshwere affected by the strike.

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The employees have, however, maintained that they will closely watch the outcome of the Telangana bill in the Assembly and then decide upon further action.

While the employees may have tried to press the rider, the toning down by the agitators is also seen as a sense of desperation. The striking employees have gone without salary for the past two months. Moreover, the Centre's firm stand on the issue has left them with little hope.

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Congress General Secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh has towed the government's line that there is no question of going back on Telangana. "The decision has been taken after a detailed discussion with all the stake holders including all political parties. It is not a hasty decision. The Centre will try its best to create Telangana before the coming general elections and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls," said Digvijaya.

However, with hope of reaping political dividends in the run- up to the elections, politicians in the region had tendered their resignation over the bifurcation of the state. Seemandhra Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, who had sent his resignation, even met Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar to convince her to accept it.

YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu have sat on hunger strikes to protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

While the Centre's decision to bifurcate the state was welcomed in Telangana, the decision led to wide-scale protests in the Seemandhra region. Various parts of Andhra Pradesh plunged into darkness recently after nearly 30,000 employees of AP Power Generation Corporation, AP Power Transmission Corporation, AP Southern Power Distribution Company and AP Eastern Power Distribution Company went on indefinite strike.