New Delhi, Oct 12 (): Chandrababu Naidu has finally said that his party TDP was in favour of creation of Telangana. By stating so he has ended the ambiguous stance on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He revealed this to a news channel.
Chandrababu Naidu said that his fast was for getting justice for Seemandhra people. Chandrababu said that by not doing justice to Seemandhra one cannot divide the state. TDP on October 2008 had passed a resolution that his party supports the demand separate statehood for Telangana region. Chandrababu says that he stands by this now.
Naidu was shifted on Friday to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital from the Andhra Bhawan in Delhi, the venue of his fast but intended to continue his fast as he did not allow a glucose drip to be given. Doctors said Naidu’s condition was stable. After two months, State-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp (APSRTC) buses returned on the roads of Seemandhra today as the employees called off their strike yesterday.
APSRTC operated 12,000 buses from depots in the 13 districts of Seemandhra, (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) regions. Bus services also started plying between Hyderabad and Seemandhra, giving much needed relief to public and restoring normalcy in the region, which was witnessing violent protests for the last two months after the decision to form out a separate Telangana state.
The workers called off their strike after appeal from Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, APSRTC MD director AK Khan and other officials yesterday night.
The government also assured unions to consider all service related demands. In view of the cyclonic threat to coastal areas and the Puja festivities, the government appealed to the employees to return to work. Around 5 crore travelling public were affected and APSTRC lost Rs 700 crore. The APSRTC workers and other government employees went on strike since Aug 12. Yesterday electricity workers reported for work. The office staff of government offices is still on strike. Government school teachers have also called off their two-month long strike.