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Anti-Telangana protesters threaten to intensify agitation against Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

Hyderabad The leaders of Andhra Pradesh government employees protesting against state's bifurcation vowed to intensify their agitation on Friday, as protests against the proposed creation of Telangana state continued across the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Representatives of employees associations and other pro-united Andhra Pradesh organisations met in Guntur today and announced agitation programme.

The agitation would be organised in a phased-manner from August 19; a road blockade would be enforced on August 20, they said.

They reiterated their demand that all Union Ministers and MPs from the two regions quit to put pressure on the central leadership of Congress which has favoured creation of Telangana state.

Anti-bifurcation supporters conducted demonstrations, sit-ins, vehicle rallies and other forms of protest across the two regions.

At some places, bullock cart processions with dry paddy on display were organised, to symbolise the fear that farmers outside Telangana may not get irrigation post-division.

Story First Published: August 17, 2013 00:45 IST

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