Normalcy returns to India’s Seemandhra

After more than two months of anarchy and complete paralysis of administration following mass agitation against the decision to divide Andhra Pradesh, life in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema began limping back to normal.

By P S Jayaram

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Sat 19 Oct 2013, 11:41 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:32 PM

Educational institutions have re-opened, buses are back on the streets with employees of the state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation returning to work some days ago, and government offices abuzz with activity. People were seen going about with their daily routines after days of sporadic violence, rallies, shutdowns and other forms of protest.

The final straw for the movement was the Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officer’s (APNGOs), who were spearheading the anti-bifurcation stir, calling off their 66-day agitation, which had paralysed government machinery in all the 13 districts of Seemandhra. While Congress leaders from Seemandhra appear reconciled to the fact that division of the state was inevitable and imminent, and main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu recovering from a bout of jaundice, YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, however, seems keen on keeping the embers of the anti-bifurcation agitation simmering.

Jagan has given no indication to believe that he will drop the October 26 public meeting in Hyderabad for the united cause. In fact, he secured a High Court order directing the state administration to allow YSRC to hold the meeting, despite threats from pro-Telangana outfits.

More news from