The Samikyandhra Political Students Joint Action Committee in a complaint to the city police asked them to locate Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and hand him over to either the APSRTC employees or the Autonagar Workers Welfare Association to put an end to the disturbances in the city.
JAC co-convener Gali Suryanarayana Reddy in a complaint to the sub-inspector of Four Town Police Station said that Mr. Rajagopal had promised to the people that he would quit his post, but he was yet to get his resignation approved. This was agitating and demoralising the people at the same time.
The JAC, along with former PCC secretaries Akula Srinivas Kumar and Kolanukonda Sivaji, went in a rally from the Sub-Collector’s office to the Four Town Police Station asking pedestrians, auto and two-wheeler commuters if they had seen the MP and if they had any confidence in the MP’s promises.
The public, many of them women, said that they had not seen the MP and expressed their anguish at his failure to keep the word. Many wondered how the MP who could not get his own resignation approved could fight to keep the state united.
RTC employees were the first to demand the MP to resign when he went to express solidarity. He had a narrow escape when Autonagar workers expressed their ire and threw plastic chairs at him. Today the MP became the target of his own party leaders’ ridicule. The MP’s attack on Digvijay Singh is being cited as the design for the partymen’s actions.