Council appeals to students and youth not to commit suicides

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council today urged students and others not to commit suicide in the backdrop of the passions generated over the issue of division of the state.

Chairman of the Council A Chakrapani, speaking on behalf of the entire House, appealed to youth, including students, from all the regions not to resort to any extreme step as their lives were very valuable to the state.

Expressing grief over the spate of suicides, Chief Minister K Rosaiah, in his appeal through the Council, said students had a bright future before them. ”You have to be alive to realise your full potential. Your lives are very valuable. It is not just the government’s responsibility, but that of all parties to impress upon the students not to commit suicide.” He said it was the responsibility of all political parties to advise the students and youth to restrain from committing suicide and instead concentrate on their studies without losing their academic year.

He said the Telangana issue was in the hands of the Centre, which had appointed the Srikrishna Committee to resolve the issue. ”Everyone has the right to express his view before the committee to enable it to complete its task as proposed by the Union Government,” he added.

He informed the House that he had directed police personnel to observe maximum restraint even after police personnel explained to him that they had acted only in self-defence when students attacked them with stones.

The floor leaders of various political parties, including TDP, CPI and CPI(M), members of the teacher’s and Graduates constituencies also appealed the students not to resort to extreme steps and cooperate with the Committee.

TDP floor leader Dadi Veerabhadra Rao alleged that the political parties were responsible for the suicides by the students and asked the members to take a pledge that they would not instigate the students in future.

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