The countdown for the formation of a separate state, Telangana has started with cabinet's approval. The Telangana-congress leaders are happy with the decision, and are now waiting for the Telangana bill to pass during this winter session.
On the other hand, resignations are pouring in as the Union tourism minister Chiranjeevi, Minister of state for Railway, Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy, Minister of State D Purandeshwari, HRD minister Pallam Raju have resigned from their posts. Some congress MPs such as Arun Kumar, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Anant Venkatrama Reddy and A Sai Prathap have quit the party for the abrupt decision as well.
After the cabinet's decision about the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
on Friday, protests have aggravated. YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy's announced an indefinite strike in Hyderabad
from Saturday and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu announced an indefinite fast from Monday. There was a total shutdown in thirteen districts.
Some anti-congress protesters even attacked the house of Pradesh Congress president Botcha Satyanarayana. Educational institutions, commercial complexes, petrol bunks, cinema halls and government offices across coastal Andhra and Rayalseema are closed. Trucks and heavy vehicles lie stranded on the national highway. In some districts, even the electricity department have started their protests and those districts are in darkness now.
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is looking into the law and order situation with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty and Director-General of Police, B. Prasada Rao. He has asked the police to handle the situation carefully.