New Delhi: Carrying the battle to the capital, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Monday began an indefinite fast here to protest against the split of Andhra Pradesh, accusing Congress of playing politics in view of the Lok Sabha polls, but remained ambivalent on Telangana.

Curfew continues in Vizianagaram

Accusing the Congress and the Central government of not holding discussions and taking the decision "arbitrarily" to
bifurcate the state, he said the Seemandhra region has plunged  into chaos and people are starting to lose confidence in the
political system.

Concerns of Seemandhra people will be taken care of: Digvijay

"They (Congress party) are treating Andhra Pradesh issue as the internal affair of the party. They are interested in politics, not governance or state or people. They are saying everything in terms of politics. Things are becoming worse day by day," Naidu told reporters.

He said the intention of the Congress party had become clear right on the day of announcing the split of the state after the CWC meeting when they said that TRS party is going to merge with them.

Naidu chose the Italian word 'immobilismo', which means  standstill, to describe the situation in Andhra Pradesh. He said the Delhi government and the Congress party will only understand this language.

"Government in Delhi understands Italian language. I want to use it. It is more appropriate to government in Delhi and
Congress party also," he said.

Days after the Union Cabinet approved the creation of a separate Telangana state, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said his party is opposed to division of states as smaller units are prone to problems and are not successful.

"We are opposed to creation of smaller states by dividing bigger states. Such administrative units are prone to problems due to lack of resources. Naxalism is one major problem which is prevailing in smaller states," he told reporters.

Yadav's remarks come after RLD leader and Union Minister  Ajit Singh demanded creation of Harit Pradesh to be carved out
of parts of Western UP.

‘Concerns of Seemandhra people to be addressed’

    
In the wake of widespread violence and protests by anti-bifurcation agitators in Andhra Pradesh, Congress leader Digvijay Singh sought to assuage the feelings of Seemandhra people saying their genuine concerns on security, education, employment in Hyderabad would be taken care of.

"Assure all Seemandhra people of their genuine concern of Security in H'bad Education, Health Employment and package for
Development," Singh, who is in charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh wrote on Twitter.

He also appealed to all agitating government employees of the state to resume work as they would be losing their
salaries.

Power crisis deepens in Seemandhra as strike enters 2nd day

Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions continued to reel under power crisis as electricity employees of the two areas stood on with their strike against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

The employees of the state power generation, transmission and distribution companies began an indefinite strike yesterday, which badly affected the power generation and supply situation in the two regions and also Hyderabad.

According to Power System Operation Corporation of PowerGrid figures, as many as three transmission lines of 400 kv and another two lines of 400/220 kv were tripped due to the agitations in Seemandhra region.

(Agencies)

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New Delhi: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Monday began an indefinite fast to protest against the split of Andhra Pradesh, accusing Congress of playing politics in view of the Lok Sabha polls, but remained ambivalent on Telangana.

           

Accusing the Congress and the central government of not holding discussions and taking the decision "arbitrarily" to bifurcate the state, he said the Seemandhra region has plunged into chaos and people are starting to lose confidence in the political system.

           

"They (Congress party) are treating Andhra Pradesh issue as the internal affair of the party. They are interested in politics, not governance or state or people. They are saying

everything in terms of politics. Things are becoming worse day by day," Naidu told reporters.

           

He said the intention of the Congress party had become clear right on the day of announcing the split of the state after the CWC meeting when they said that TRS party is going to merge with them.

           

Naidu, who visited Rajghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi before launching his fast, contended that Congress wanted to win votes in both Telangana and Seemandhra regions with the support of TRS and YSR Congress party of Jaganmohan Reddy.

           

"I am asking is it the way of doing politics at the cost of society. You are doing this type of dirty politics, that is what is happening today," he said. Naidu said people in the Seemandhra region are protesting for over 70 days ever since the announcement about the split.

           

"People in Andhra Pradesh are losing confidence in the political system and there is chaos. We are all party to that. They have lost confidence in elected representatives," he said.

           

Naidu chose the Italian word 'immobilismo', which means standstill, to describe the situation in Andhra Pradesh. He said the Delhi government and the Congress party will only understand this language.

           

"Government in Delhi understands Italian language. I want to use it. It is more appropriate to government in Delhi and Congress party also," he said. Asked whether he was in favour of formation of Telangana or not and his party's support to the new state extended in 2008, Naidu was ambivalent saying all the three regions are same to him.

           

"As a father if I have three children, I will treat all the children as same," he said.