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Congress may opt for President rule in Andhra

New Delhi,Oct 8 (): Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Central Government is looking into the option of imposing President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh to tide over the crisis. However, sources also added that the imposition of President’s Rule in a state has to be ratified by Parliament and the Opposition may shoot it down with its combined numbers.

Congress High Command and the UPA ministry haVE decided to take a quicker decision in view of the continuing blockade of Telangana districts by the agitators. AP Governor Narsimhamam and CM Kiran Reddy are in Delhi meeting PM and Home Minister to apprise them of the blockade and its impact on the State economy and the power situation in the South. Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha , PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana and former PCC chief D Srinivas are camping in the capital to meet Sonia Gandhi.

Centre has said that a separate State cannot be created in the immediate future. The Joint Action committee has postponed its rail blockade from Oct 9 to Oct 12 since it has other programmes lined up like a Maha Dharna by Government employees. Now IT firms too would be brought under the JAC call to halt work. Insiders say that the public and agitators are having a spat and tempers are losing. It could also signal the start of violence.

An apex body of trade and industry has pegged the losses to the state’s industry in the first fortnight of the agitation at Rs 10,000 crore.

Sectors like information and technology, BPO, manufacturing, power and hospitality are worst hit. The four-hour power cut being imposed on industry during peak hours of 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm daily in addition to a one-day holiday to be imposed by rotation in all industrial areas are only adding the problems of the industry.

Reports from Hyderabad said that over 10,000 buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation remained off the roads in the Capital and other Telanagana districts. The situation could worsen when the three day rail blockade begins