A delegation of CPI(M) city leaders, led by party State secretariat member Ch. Babu Rao and city secretary R. Raghu, made a visit to the Satavahana College premises and registered their protest against what they called privatisation of the aided college.

They demanded takeover of the 30-year-old college by the government to provide educational opportunities to the middle and lower middle class students and those from weaker sections. The leaders submitted a memorandum to the college principal.

Speaking to the reporters on the occasion, Mr. Babu Rao said that 5.10 acres of Satavahana College and the infrastructure there would cost nearly Rs. 70 crore in today's value and such highly valued property should not be allowed to go into the private hands.

The CPI(M) leaders also spoke to several existing students who recounted their list of worries and doubts regarding the status of the Satavahana College. The leaders asserted that their party would not keep quiet and would organise an agitation to safeguard the students' interests by ensuring that the college was not shifted from the present premises.

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