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Centre in deep trouble as protests continue over Telangana

New Delhi, Aug 1 (): The UPA government was put to intense pressure as protests and shut-downs continued for the second day on Thursday in Rayalaseema and Andhra opposing the centre’s decision to divide Andhra Pradesh to set up a separate Telangana state.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets making a demand to the centre to reverse its decision and keep the state united. Mounting pressure on the UPA government, the protesters took out rallies and also burnt effigies of the Congress leaders.

Buses remained intact within the depots in Kadappa, Chittoor, Anantapur, and Kurnool districts of Rayalaseema and several parts of coastal Andhra. Statues of late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were also demolished by angry mobs in some areas on Wednesday night.

Similar protests were also reported from Kurnool, Tirupati, Nellore, Guntur, Eluru, Kakinada Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Vijaynagaram and other parts of the state.

Claiming that there will be no compromise done on united Andhra, JAC members belonging to the Samaikya Andhra Joint Action Committee called for shut-down across the state. The protest is taken for the safety and well-being of 90 lakh people who live in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, said a JAC leader.

Meanwhile, demanding the centre to bring in the Telangana bill during the prevailing monsoon session, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj hit the ruling government saying that it wants 64 items in a small session of 16 sittings which cannot be possible.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also accused the Congress at the centre for giving an approval to create Telengana state saying that the decision was to win seats in the polls. The government has created Telangana intending to gain few seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, said Mamata.

Normal life was disrupted in the state and educational institutions remained closed as agitators squatted on roads to prevent the buses from plying. The protesters were also reported to have attacked educational institutions and government offices and also set fire to some private vehicles, said sources.

Demanding statehood, the Shiv Sena also took a rally in Jammu claiming that there is no similarity between the people of Jammu and Kashmir as Kashmir was different in all aspects both culturally and geographically.