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Telangana protests continue


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HYDERABAD: The Telangana supporters on Sunday continued rallies and other forms of protests in support of the separate statehood demand as part of their five-week-old stir.

A number of pro-Telangana users of various social networking sites held a rally from Bagh Lingampally to Indira Park here. The leaders of pro-Telangana employees of the state electricity department observed a fast here, while several political leaders from BJP and TRS expressed solidarity with them.

Meanwhile, responding to the appeal made in Delhi by Union Health Minister and in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leaders of the staff unions said they will hold a meeting soon to decide their future course of action.

Talking to reporters in Delhi, Azad on Sunday said, “there is a prolonged agitation in Telangana by employees of the state government. It is almost five weeks since it started. As a result, the general public is suffering…facing hardships particularly during the festival days”.

“I would like to appeal to the employees of Telangana to call off the strike,” he said.

The pro-Telangana employees have been participating in the ‘sakala janula samme’ (strike by all sections of people) since September 13 but various unions of employees like those of teachers and others have withdrawn from the stir in the last couple of weeks.

However, some other pro-Telangana employees still continued their strike. Several Telangana Congress leaders, including MPs and ministers, on Sunday held a meeting at the residence of state Panchayat Raj Minister K Jana Reddy here. (PTI)


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