In the wake of widespread violence and protests by anti-bifurcation agitators in Andhra Pradesh, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday 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.
"Appeal to AP Govt employees to suspend their strike and resume their duties. They are losing their salaries and causing hardship to people," Singh said.
Leaders of various parties, including Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress, have gone on fast in protest against the bifurcation of the state while Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu will start an indefinite hunger strike in the national capital from today to protest against the Union Cabinet's decision about the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
On October 3, the Union Cabinet had decided to go ahead with the creation of a separate Telangana state carved out from Andhra Pradesh.
A delegation of YSR Congress leaders will also meet functionaries of different national parties in Delhi today to drum up support for the cause of a united state.
Curfew has been clamped in Vizianagaram town and shoot-at-sight orders issued by district authorities in the wake of large-scale violence by anti-bifurcation agitators.
The protestors indulged in fresh violence and clashed with policemen, injuring at least 20 cops.
Digvijay had earlier accused YSR Congress and TDP of "politicial opportunism" and "turn around" on the Telangana issue.
"Surprised with the turnaround of Chandra Babu (Naidu) and Jagan (Jagan Mohan Reddy). Both had given support to Telengana in writing. Amazing Political Opportunism," the All India Congress Committee general secretary had earlier said.
Image: Policemen carry a protester at Vizianagaram, where shoot-at-sight orders have been issued ' Photograph: Snapsindia