Andhra Pradesh is under siege as vehicles from Andhra region were stopped by anti-Telangana protesters from entering Hyderabad near Vijayawada while many travellers to the state capital were left stranded with no hope in sight for the 24-day-old agitation.
On the other side, in Telangana districts like Nalgonda, roadblocks were held by protesters and many of them had to be removed forcefully by the police. Many districts in the state witnessed severe power shortage as coal supplies were badly hit due to the agitation.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday told the Telangana panel headed by K. Chadrasekhara Reddy that the Centre will make all efforts to find a solution to the issue and the Congress core committee headed by Sonia Gandhi will be briefed about the situation soon.
Senior state Congress Ministers J Geetha Reddy and K Jana Reddy impressed the prime minister about the “urgent need” to intervene as people were agitated and not in a “mood to celebrate even Dussehra and Diwali festivals”. Unless the Centre announces a “time-frame”, the agitation will not die down, they said.
“We briefed the Prime Minister of what is happening in Andhra Pradesh, in Telangana region. He knows the Telangana issue and the problems. We briefed him in detail about the strike that is being supported by every section of the society,” Geetha Reddy told reporters after the meeting at the PM’s 7, Race Course Road Residence.