New Delhi: Congress General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh has dismissed the claims of the YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu that they did not support the creation of Telangana during the all-party meetings held in New Delhi.
Digvijaya Singh said, "We have letters of support from Jagan and Naidu to show that they supported the idea of Telangana,"
He also appealed them to call off the fast against Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation. He said that the fast will not serve any purpose.
The Congress leader made it clear that the government cannot go back on Telangana as it was taken after a lot of deliberations. Reacting to a question on the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy he said, "Kiran Reddy is doing a tough job, but so far he hasn't offered to resign."
Naidu is the second major politicians after Jagan to go on indefinite fast against Telangana. Naidu began his fast in New Delhi against Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation.
Alleged 'political match-fixing' between some political parties of Andhra Pradesh and the Congress, Naidu said, "It is political match fixing. The Congress party did not follow any procedure. It took this decision for some political gains. The Congress party is responsible for what is happening in Andhra Pradesh."
Observers say Naidu is now fighting a political battle for survival in the state of which he was once chief minister. The TDP has decided to write to the leaders of all parties on the statehood issue and expose the alleged "nefarious politics" of the Congress.
Meanwhile, Jagan's indefinite fast for an united Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad 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 continues to paralyse 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.
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.