Home Minister China Rajappa said that the state government would request the Centre to hold competitive exams for banks and railways in AP itself to avoid such attacks on Telugu students in future.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told the state’s chief secretary Dinesh Kumar, and Director General of Police NS Siva Rao to speak to their Karnataka counterparts to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
Reportedly, the Central government is unhappy with Karnataka government for failing to foresee the massive protests across the state, the DC report added.
According to a report by the New Indian Express, the agitators claimed that people from other states were stealing their jobs and threatened to go to any extent to prevent them from taking the exam. In Ballari, the examinations were held despite protests by local groups outside the venue. Assuring the Telugu students of providing security in Karnataka, Mr.Naidu said that if needed, he would speak with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Union Ministers in this regard.
He reportedly even asked the Union Home Ministry to provide additional safety to the students, The Times of India reported.
The Telugu Desam Party coordination committee discussed the issue at the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat.
“If there is any further attacks on Andhra students, the AP Government will take the matter very seriously. We’ll approach the Centre if necessary”. Leader of the Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy also condemned the reported attack on Telugu students.