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Andhra assembly urges pro-Telangana youth not to commit suicide

Hyderabad, Feb 23 (Calcutta Tube) The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly Tuesday appealed to the youths and students of Telangana not to commit suicide over the issue of statehood to the region even as three more youngsters ended their lives since Monday.

Speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy made the appeal on behalf of the entire house after Chief Minister K. Rosaiah made a statement, urging youths not to resort to the extreme step.

‘Your lives are precious. The state needs your lives. I, on behalf of the entire house, appeal to you not to commit suicide,’ the speaker said.

Leader of Opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu also made a similar appeal while voicing his concern over the spate of suicides.

Earlier, Rosaiah urged the youths and students not to commit suicide and express their opinion in a peaceful and democratic manner. He welcomed the Osmania University students’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) decision not to resort to violence and its appeal to students not to end their lives.

The chief minister told the house that the issue was sensitive and everybody has his opinion. ‘But this opinion should be expressed in a peaceful manner without causing inconvenience to people,’ he said.

He advised them to convey their views to the Srikrishna Committee formed by the central government to look into the statehood issue. Stating that all regions were equal for him, Rosaiah assured the house that he would abide by the central government’s decision.

Naidu said all should exercise restraint. ‘This is a sensitive issue. The youths are taking their lives in emotion. The government should advise police to act with patience while tackling protests by students and youths,’ he said while condemning police baton charge on Telangana advocates in New Delhi Monday.

Meanwhile, desperate over the delay in formation of a separate state, three more youngsters committed suicide in Telangana since Monday. One person each committed suicide in Ranga Reddy, Medak and Warangal districts.

They included 18-year-old girl student who committed suicide by hanging at Moinabad in Ranga Reddy district. In her suicide note, Sarita, a Class 12 student, blamed Rosaiah and Chandrababu Naidu for being hurdles in formation of the Telangana state.

Last week, a 19-year-old student had immolated himself in full public view during a protest at Osmania University in Hyderabad city.

Pro-Telangana parties claim that more than 300 people have committed suicides for Telangana during last three months.

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