The protest with 50,000 people will be organised at the Gandhi statue on September 13

Officers, employees, outsourced and contract workers, teachers, students and contractors will come together for a “Samaikya Sankharavam” organised by GVMC JAC on Friday to highlight the loss the State will incur if a division takes place.

The protest with 50,000 people will be organised at the Gandhi statue near GVMC at 3 p.m. on the day.

At a preparatory meeting on Tuesday at the Old Council Hall where a poster of the Sankharavam was released speakers said the Save Andhra Pradesh meeting organised by APNGOs should serve as an inspiration to the movement.

Addressing the meeting, Additional Commissioner (General) K. Ramesh said the Samaikyandhra Sankharavam, an exclusive programme of GVMC was intended to highlight the reasons for keeping the State united and the areas where the region would stand to lose if the division occurred. It would be a peaceful and democratic programme and none should indulge in personal criticism. Various sub-committees would be formed to conduct the “Sankharavam” at which cultural programmes by students and GVMC staff would be staged.

Recognised Union president M. Ananda Rao who was in the chair said the protest would bring together all sections related to GVMC.

Superintending Engineer Marianna pointed out that in spite of the agitation the process of forming Telangana seemed to be going on. He said various experts were readying details on the losses in irrigation, employment and education, including super speciality medical education, if bifurcation took place.

These details should be shared with all section of people.

UCD Project Director M. N. A. Patrudu said in spite of difficulties involved the agitation should be continued. Ramesh, a union leader and S. Venkataramana (GVMC Teachers JAC) felt that employees should take a more active role in the stir. Mr. Ramana said teachers did not get salaries for July while the other staff got it.

Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy, Superintendent Engineer V. Chandraiah, additional commissioners P. Poornachandra Rao and Nagendra Kumar, Director (Sports) Y. Srinivasa Rao and other officials participated.

All the 12 rytu bazaars in the city observed a bandh following a decision taken by farmers’ committees in support of Samaikyandhra.

Farmers took out rallies, formed human chains and organised “Vanta-Varpu.” The bazaars wore a deserted look and the few who had come to it unaware of bandh had to return.

The daily arrivals on an average in all the rytu bazaars in the city are estimated around 60 tonnes, according to officials.

Around 1,000 farmers bring the vegetables from 10 mandals, including the Agency.

At Sitammadhara, farmers sat in a dharna with vegetables, took out a rally and got nearby shops selling vegetables also closed and locked the doors of the bazaar. They later organised a “Vanta-Varpu.”

At the MVP Colony bazaar, farmers closed all their stalls and took out a rally with vegetables.

At Narasimhanagar, farmers went on a demonstration with vegetables in baskets and later formed a human chain on the National Highway. YSRCP leader G.V. Raviraju also participated.

At Gopalapatnam, farmers took out a mock funeral procession of KCR and formed a human chain at the Petrol Bunk Junction and burnt the effigy. They later organised a “Vanta-Varpu.”

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