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Congress gears up for ESMA to bring normalcy in Seemandhra region


Congress stood firm over the decision, said ‘formation is as per the demand’

ChackoNew Delhi: Targeted over the protests in Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh, Congress today made a strong pitch for invocation of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to bring normalcy, insisting at the same time that the decision on Telangana is “irreversible”.

Party spokesman P C Chacko, however, declined to give a timeframe for formation of the new state when asked by reporters whether it would be formed before or after the Lok Sabha polls and whether a bill on the issue will be brought in the winter session of Parliament.

Conceding that the situation after the decision on Telangana has become “very complex”, he wanted leaders of all political parties to help create a congenial atmosphere for discussion and dialogue.

He alleged that several parties including BJP and TDP were playing “opportunistic politics” on the issue. Noting that it was the responsibility of the government to bring normalcy, Chacko said that if best efforts to ensure a dialogue fail, then strong action should be taken including invocation of ESMA so that common people did not get suffer.

Mentioning the present situation in Andhra, Chacko said, “Government of Andhra Pradesh may be finding it difficult, but it is in control.”

While mentioning the questions rose on Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s way of handling the situation, he said, “There is scope for such an allegation, but not a fact… Differences we tolerate,” he said.

On Telangana, he said, “CWC has taken the right decision at the right time. We still hold that view. All process has gone through. Some people did not dare to take such a decision. We mustered courage. It was a genuine demand,” he said.


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