Floral tributes paid to the late leader on his death anniversary
The death anniversary of ‘Amarajeevi' Potti Sriramulu was marred by a scuffle between activists of the BJP and the Samaikyandhra movement near his statue on Prakasam Barrage here on Thursday.
Both the groups were there to pay floral tributes to the statue of Potti Sriramulu, who had sacrificed his life for the formation of Andhra Pradesh, the first State to be formed on linguistic basis.
Activists of the BJP led by party city president Pitchaiah raised slogans favouring separate Andhra after garlanding the statue.
The Samaikyandhra activists led by Konijeti Ramesh and District Congress Committee president Naraharisetti Narasimha Rao raised counter slogans.
While the BJP workers raised slogans such as ‘Jai Andhra', the protagonists of Samaikyandhra raised slogans favouring a unified State.
The sloganeering intensified, as members of both the groups entered into a wordy duel and then into a scuffle.
Traffic SI Ashok, who was in the vicinity, along with other policemen separated the brawling groups.
Earlier, Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu paid tributes to Potti Sriramulu by garlanding his statue.
Rich tributes were paid to Potti Sriramulu in Prakasam district. Joint Collector P. Lakshminarasimhum led the district officials in observing two minutes silence in memory of the late leader. Two minutes silence was observed in government offices as well at the stroke of 11 a.m. Integrationists led by Samaikyandhra Vidyardhi Joint Action Committee State co-coordinator Rayapati Jagadeesh vowed to keep the State unified.
“We are ready to make any sacrifice to protect the integrity of the State that was formed on account of the supreme sacrifice made by Potti Sriramulu,” they said at the hostel of the differently-abled students at Santhapet.
MPs and MLAs from the Seemandhra region should be ready to resign if the Centre took any decision to bifurcate the State, they added.
Leaders of various parties, including the Congress, the TDP, and the YSR Congress paid floral tributes to the statue of Potti Sriramulu at the court centre, whose fast-unto-death paved the way for formation of new states on linguistic basis in the country.