Two-day bandh hits banks, transport across Telangana region!

Joining the bandwagon of those resigning, two TDP MPs from Telangana region today quit from the Lok Sabha in protest against delay in formation of a separate state and targeted Home Minister P. Chidambaram for being ‘totally responsible’ for the present situation.

Nama Nageswara Rao, the TDP Parliamentary Party leader, and Ramesh Rathod met Speaker Meira Kumar here and tendered their resignation.

TDP has six members in the Lok Sabha. Rao and Rathore hail from the Telangana region.

The move came a day after 10 Congress MPs from the region resigned, mounting pressure on the Centre and their party High Command to take an early decision on the statehood demand.

Rao told PTI that he and Rathod apprised the Speaker of the prevailing situation in Andhra Pradesh, particularly the Telangana region and sought her intervention in resolving the crisis.

The TDP leader said the Centre should abide by its statement made on December 9, 2009 in which it announced that steps would be initiated for the formation of a separate Telangana state.

Asked about Chidambaram’s remarks yesterday that two political parties were yet to give their views in the Telangana issue, Rao said ‘Chidambaram is totally responsible for this situation. He has confused everyone and the current situation is entirely his creation’.

The Home Minister had said that consultations with political parties were not yet complete and no final decision has been taken on the issue.

Congress legislators headed by K. Jana Reddy talks to media persons after meeting Andhra Pradesh Congress in-charge Gulam Nabi Azad at his residence in New Delhi.

Banking services take a hit

Banking and financial activities have come to a standstill in Telangana region due to the two-day bandh

According to All India Bank Officers Association, banking transactions worth Rs 20,000 crore will be affected during these two days as most of the 5,000 odd branches of all banks in the region may remain closed.

V. Anil Kumar, General Secretary, AIBOA, Andhra Pradesh unit said that the total transactions of all banks put together in Telangana region will be around Rs 10,000 crore per day.

"Most of the branches will be closed in the region fearing attacks. We are more worried about bank properties. Some of the branches of Andhra Bank in Telangana were attacked during bandhs in the past. We do not want that," Anil Kumar said.

Though clearing houses will not be affected today, the same may affect tomorrow as people cannot deposit cheques today. It will take three days for bank employees to clear the backlog, he added. According to an official spokesperson of All India Insurance Employees Association, the bandh may show affect on insurance premium collection in the region.

Strike cripples Andhra Pradesh capital

Bus transport came to a grinding halt across Telangana on Tuesday as a two-day shutdown called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) began in Hyderabad and nine other districts amid tight security.

State-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended all its services in Telangana districts and also the services which connect Telangana with Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and other towns in Andhra and Rayalaseema.

APSRTC cancelled all its bus services in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad causing inconvenience to commuters.

Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, the biggest bus station in the state here, wore a deserted look as all 3,500 services to various parts of Telangana and other parts of the state were cancelled. Similar was the situation at Jubilee Bus Station in Secunderabad.

South Central Railway (SCR) cancelled all Multi Modal Transit System (MMTS) or local trains in Hyderabad and Secunderabad as a precautionary measure.

Shops, business establishments, petrol bunks and educational institutions also remained closed in response to the shutdown, demanding the centre to table a bill in parliament to carve out a separate state of Telangana.

The shutdown evoked total response in Warangal, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak and Adilabad districts.

APSRTC employees, along with Telangana activists, staged protests outside bus depots in various towns.

Activists of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and other constituents of JAC took to streets to force the closure of shops in some districts. They were also seen stopping private vehicles.

The coal production in state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited came to a halt as the employees joined the strike. All the employees of the mines, spread over four districts, held protests.

All educational institutions remained closed in Hyderabad and nine other districts. Osmania University, Kakatiya University and Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University cancelled the examinations scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.(IANS)

 

 

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