During the meeting, attended by Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Shinde is said to have conveyed to the Prime Minister that adequate forces have been deployed in Seemandhra region to maintain law and order and steps being taken to bring back normalcy. No going back on Telangana: RPN Singh (JPN/Agencies)
Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh continues to simmer with protests against the bifurcation of the state as curfew remained in place in restive Vizianagaram town and large areas plunged into darkness with electricity employees on strike in protests against the Union Cabinet's October 3 decision to carve out a new state of Telangana.
Meanwhile, sources said that the Home Ministry is worried over the protests turning violent in some parts of Seemandhra and attack on properties of Congress leaders.
The Central government was not expecting that the anti- Telangana protests would reach such a stage that it would turn violent and a large part of coastal Andhra plunging into darkness due to strike.
Sources said that the Centre is also worried over possibility of pro and anti-Telangana protagonists coming into direct conflict as it would turn the situation more volatile.
"We are taking maximum precaution and trying to ensure that people of the two regions do not clash," government source said. Another issue which was worrying the Central government was to remove the fear psychosis gripping the people of Seemandhra on the possibility of losing academic and employment opportunities after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
As most of the good academic institutions and employment opportunities are located in Telangana region, mostly Hyderabad and its adjoining region, Seemandhra people think that very limited opportunities would be left after creation of the new state.
Allahabad: There is no scope to "reconsider" the proposed creation of Telangana and violent protests on the issue were being backed by parties which had earlier supported the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister RPN Singh said.
"The government is not going to reconsider the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana. The ongoing protests in the name of a united Andhra are being led by political parties which had in the past supported the idea of a new state. This is very unfortunate," he said.
He said that adequate security arrangements are in place in the region. "We have made adequate security arrangements in the violence-hit regions of Andhra Pradesh and any attempts to disturb peace will be dealt with sternly.
"There is a Group of Ministers in place, set up by the Prime Minister, for looking into grievances of people who fear that the creation of a new state is going to affect them adversely. People should raise whatever concerns they have before the GoM," the Union Minister said.
"There is no need to hit the streets," Singh said.
HM assures protection of interests of all Andhra regions
Expressing concern over protests in Seemandhra against Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde assured all regions of the state of an amicable solution that safeguards the interests of all.
"We are confident of achieving an amicable solution that gives safeguards to people of all regions in the state," he said.
Shinde's statement came close on the heels of five Union Ministers of Seemandhra region meeting the Prime Minister requesting him to accept their resignations over the issue of creation of Telangana.
Noting that the widespread agitation in Seemandhra protesting against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was a matter of grave concern to the Centre, he said, "The Government of India fully respects the sentiments of the people of the region on this sensitive issue.”
"I would like to assure the people of Seemandhra that the Government of India remains fully committed to addressing all their concerns, particularly with respect to safeguarding the interests of people living in Telengana, the concerns with regard to education and employment and opportunities in Hyderabad for the youth, sharing of river waters and issue of government employees," he said.
The Home Minister said that the Group of Ministers (GoM), set up to go into the details of the new state formation, will address all these and other issues in a comprehensive manner and will hold detailed consultations with all stakeholders.
"I appeal to the people of Seemandhra to create an environment for a healthy dialogue process. I am confident that we can achieve an amicable solution that benefits and safeguards the interests of people of all the regions of Andhra Pradesh," he said.
During the meeting, attended by Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Shinde is said to have conveyed to the Prime Minister that adequate forces have been deployed in Seemandhra region to maintain law and order and steps being taken to bring back normalcy.
No going back on Telangana: RPN Singh