Visakhapatnam, Sep 18 (ANI): Activists and supporters of the Congress Party and
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) clashed here on Wednesday over the creation of a separate state of Telangana.
The rival outfits indulged in physical tussle over the issue of dividing Andhra Pradesh to create a separate state of Telangana.
The Congress Party workers carried an effigy of TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu that they hit with footwear and later burnt it.
This irked the TDP workers who resorted to physical attack on the Congress party workers.
P Ramana Kumari of the Congress Party contended that it was the TDP workers who attacked first.
"They came to us and started attacking and hitting our workers who got injured in the tussle. This is not good. All of us are working for Seemandhra, to bring it into existence," said Ramana Kumari.
Meanwhile, Lodagala Krishna, a local functionary of TDP, blamed the Congress Party workers for obstructing his party's rally in the cause of unified Andhra Pradesh.
"In this juncture, the Congress people came and obstruct, why are they obstructing if they want Seemandhra, then should not stop this agitation. Intentionally they want to break Andhra Pradesh. Separate Telangana and Andhra," said Krishna.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had earlier said that the process for the formation of the new state of Telangana would take about five to six months as per constitutional norms.
"The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has passed a resolution and further procedure will be done according to the Constitution of India. Telangana will be formed by following all the procedures and it would take five to six months," he said.
He also added that Telangana was being formed because it was the oldest issue and the people of that region have been agitating and demanding the formation of a separate state since 1956. (ANI)