New Delhi/Hyderabad: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of imposing President Rule in Andhra Pradesh in the wake of widespread protests in Seemandhra region, against the Centre’s decision to create Telangana.
"There is no plan under consideration to impose President's rule in Andhra Pradesh. There was no such discussion in today's Cabinet (meeting)," he told reporters.
The Home Minister was replying to a question on whether the Central Government was considering the option of imposing President rule in the Southern state, which has been witnessing protests after the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
The Home Minister said that the widespread agitation in Seemandhra is a matter of grave concern to the Central Government. He said that the government 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 address all their concerns, particularly with respect to safeguarding the interests of people living in Telangana," he said.
Shinde said that the concerns of Seemandhra people with regard to education and employment opportunities in Hyderabad for the youth, the sharing of river waters and issue of government employees would be taken care of.
"The Group of Ministers will address all these and other issues in a comprehensive manner and will hold detailed consultations with all stake holders," he said.

Referring to the prevailing situation in Seemandhra region, the Home Minister said that the government is trying to restore normalcy, especially the power situation.
Shinde indicated that the Essential Services Maintenance Act may be imposed to restore power situation in Seemandhra region and said that the state government is in talks with the stake holders, discussing way to bring normalcy.
"State government is in talks with stake holders over ESMA," he said. The Home Minister also ruled out the possibility of southern grid failure due to the strike by the Andhra Pradesh government employees.
The Home Minister however criticized YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for going on an indefinite hunger strike and said that both the leaders had given written consent for creation of Telanagana. "I don't understand why they are on fast now," he said.

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The ongoing strike by some 70,000 employees of power utilities against the Union Cabinet’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh has also affected the rail services in the region.

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On Tuesday, about 20 trains, including some express trains originating from Visakhapatnam, were cancelled. The cancelled trains include Visakha-Secunderabad Janambhoomi Express, Visakha-Tirupati Tirumala Express, Visakha-Secunderabad Garib Rath, Visakha-Hyderabad Godavari Express, Visakha-Secunderabad Duronto Express and Visakha-Nizamuddin Link Express.

The South Central Railway has also cancelled Visakha-Vijayawada Ratnachal Express, Koraput-Visakha Inter City Express, Visakha-Nanded Express, Visakha-Guntur and other passenger trains.

With the electricity transmission from grid to the railways being affected, railways already cancelled many trains on Vijayawada section. All goods trains between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada have also been cancelled.

The authorities are running some key trains with diesel locomotives. The movement of trains between Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in North Coastal Andhra was badly hit by the strike. Many trains were stranded at various stations, causing severe inconvenience to passengers.

The movement of trains between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar and Secunderabad was also affected.

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