Political crisis in AP over division issue

Andhra Assembly adjourned for 30 minutes after MLAs raised pro-united Andhra slogans. The House was adjourned after MLAs objected to sloganeering. Protests broke out outside AP Assembly after adjournment.

The political crisis in Andhra Pradesh over separate statehood for the Telangana region had deepened on Sunday with those for and against its creation hardening their attitudes.

People’s representatives from the coastal Andhra region continued their agitation against splitting the state for the third day on Sunday while politicians in Telangana began to prepare for victory rallies from Monday.

Meanwhile, with growing demands for quickly introducing a resolution for carving Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh, the state Assembly is likely to adjourn early when it re-assembles after the weekend recess. As MLAs remained polarised along regional lines, sources claimed that the option of adjourning the House is under consideration, with as many as 130 MLAs in the 294-member Assembly resigning in a bid to protest the creation of Telangana.

However, Chief Minister K Rosaiah has already said a resolution on Telangana would be moved in the Assembly only if there is consensus among all parties. But a number of MLAs claim that if a resolution is introduced it will be opposed by as many as 225 MLAs.

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