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Oct 07, 2013 at 05:12pm IST

Congress creating Telangana only for votes, says Chandrababu Naidu

New Delhi: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo Chandrababu Naidu, who on Monday began his indefinite fast against Telangana in New Delhi, blamed the Congress of playing politics over the bifurcation of the state.

Accusing the Congress and Centre of being only interested in votes and not the welfare of the people, Naidu claimed that the Congress was trying to win over YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and also eying an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

He alleged the Congress government of ignoring the wishes of the people in order to garner votes. "Congress has forgotten the meaning of democracy. Winning or losing is not the only role of democracy and political parties," he said.

He also added that the people in Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh have lost confidence in the ruling Congress government and blamed the party for the chaos in the state. Expressing concerns for Seemandhra which "has been burning for the last 70 days", Naidu said that he had done his best to avoid the formation of Telangana.

He also said that the Congress had used the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to get support from Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Naidu is the second major politicians after Jagan to go on indefinite fast against Telangana.

Meanwhile, despite protests in Andhra Pradesh, the Centre is all set to go ahead with its decision over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and take the next step to form Telangana.

Back in Hyderabad, Jagan's indefinite fast for an united Andhra Pradesh entered the third day on Monday. "This has happened to Andhra Pradesh today and if we don't protest now, it can happen to any other state too as the Centre does whatever it feels like for votes," Jagan said.

A power crisis is also looming large as workers from the sector have joined the anti-Andhra Pradesh bifurcation protests. The thermal power stations at Vijaywada and Kadapa are facing shutdown, affecting more than production of 2,500 MW of power.

The united Andhra Pradesh agitation has paralyses life with 15 trains cancelled, properties vandalised, curfew clamped in one district and a virtual shutdown in several other areas of Seemandhra. Additional troops were called in and senior police officials camped in the Vizianagaram district to control the situation.

The Joint Action Committee leading the united AP protest has threatened to intensify the agitation if the Centre doesn't consider a rollback.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has appealed to the employees to call off the strike as it will affect transportation, medical and domestic fronts. Clearly, the growing challenge for the state government now is not just law and order but also maintaining essential services.