Congress MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy leads ZP staff in cleaning cars and autorickshaws on Trunk Road

Integrationists staged novel protests to articulate their demand for keeping the State united even as private bus operators stopped their services for the second day on Thursday coinciding with the indefinite strike by RTC employees.

Congress MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy led the Zilla Parishad staff in cleaning cars and autorickshaws on the Trunk Road to express their resolve to avert the State's division at any cost, even as integrationists cleaned passing trains at Chirala.

Women staff lauded

Zilla Parishad women employees here won the appreciation of the autorickshaw drivers, who have been putting up with traffic dislocation in the wake of the July 30 Congress Working Committee's decision to bifurcate the State, by giving a better look to their vehicles.

Panchayat Raj Engineering Department staff took out a big procession with a portrait of Telangana Rashtra Samiti K.Chandrasekhar Rao with a garland of slippers and liquor bottles in protest against his tirade against APNGOs association State chief Ashok Babu.

KCR effigy burnt

Accompanied by emotion-filled songs sung by Ghazal Srinivas, elementary school teachers, headmasters, education officers at the mandal level, instructors and supervisors of non-formal and adult education centres and resource persons rooted for Samaikyandhra. They burnt the effigy of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief for his attempts to divide the Telugu people. They turned the Church Centre into a playground and played among other games, volleyball and Kho Kho.

The striking municipal and RTC employees began a relay fast, while lawyers, judicial staff and junior lecturers continued their hunger-strike.

Kollatam performed

Striking State Government employees led by APNGOs Association State associate president Sk.Abdul Basheer and Samaikyandhra District Officers Association convenor A.Padmaja took part in a Samaikyandhra Garjana led by thousands of integrationists at Ulavapadu. Students performed an impressive ''Kollatam''.

Meanwhile, 57 agitating State government employees and teachers observed relay fast at Tangutur.