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Telangana protests continue in Andhra Pradesh

News18

Updated: October 23, 2011, 11:48 PM IST
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Telangana protests continue in Andhra Pradesh
Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he would like to appeal to the employees of Telangana to call off the strike.

Hyderabad: Telangana supporters on Sunday continued rallies and other protests in support of the separate statehood demand. Leaders of pro-Telangana employees of the state electricity department observed a fast in Hyderabad, while several leaders from BJP and TRS expressed solidarity with them.

Meanwhile, responding to the appeal made in Delhi by Union Minister and in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leaders of the staff unions said they will hold a meeting soon to decide their future course of action.

Talking to reporters in Delhi, Azad on Sunday said, "There is a prolonged agitation in Telangana by employees of the state government. It is almost five weeks since it started. As a result, the general public is suffering...facing hardships particularly during the festival days".

"I would like to appeal to the employees of Telangana to call off the strike," he said.

Pro-Telangana employees have been participating in the 'sakala janula samme' (general strike) since September 13 but various unions of employees like those of teachers have withdrawn their stir in the last couple of weeks.

However, some pro-Telangana employees still are continuing their strike.

Several Telangana Congress leaders, including MPs and ministers, on Sunday held a meeting at the residence of state Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy in Hyderabad.

First Published: October 23, 2011, 11:48 PM IST
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