National Mazdoor Union asks Centre to reverse its decision on bifurcation of State

A novel protest was organised by RTC employees, under the aegis of the National Mazdoor Union (NMU), on Friday to protest against bifurcation of the State. The protesters took bath and brushed their teeth on the National Highway at Maddilapalem causing disruption of traffic.

NMU State joint secretary Y. Srinivasa Rao demanded that the Centre reverse its decision on bifurcation and come out with an announcement to keep the State united. Samaikyandhra Universities’ JAC leaders Adari Kishore Kumar, APSRTC zonal secretary P.V. Mohan, union leaders — Ch. Venkateswara Rao, M.V.R. Murthy, P.N. Rao, T.S. Rao, and K.V. Ramana were among those who participated. An hour-long protest was organised opposite the Coromandel Gate at Malkapuram in which Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad participated.

The participants raised slogans ‘Jai Samaikyandhra’. A rally was organised from New Gajuwaka to Old Gajuwaka in which Mr. Srinivasa Rao, District Congress Committee president Karanam Dharmasri, and Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkataramaiah participated.

Telugu Desam leader and former Minister R.S.D.P. Appala Narasimha Raju launched a relay hunger strike at Tagarapuvalasa junction on the outskirts of the city. He felt that all Telugu-speaking people should remain united and demanded resignation of Seemandhra Ministers by August 12, failing which they would intensify the agitation further.

Textile merchants owing allegiance to the Poorna Market Cloth Merchants Associations downed shutters voluntarily and formed a human chain and burnt an effigy of TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao.

Elected

Zonal secretary of APSRTC National Mazdoor Union P.V.V. Mohan has been unanimously elected Steering Committee member for Samaikyandhra agitation being organised by the NMU in the 13 Seemandhra districts.

Mr. Mohan will coordinate the activities of 70,000 RTC employees in the 13 districts, according to a statement issued by NMU State joint secretary Y. Srinivasa Rao.

Kiran hailed

Civic Welfare Association welcomed the observations of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on bifurcation of the State.

Association general secretary and president of Mrs. AVN College Old Students Association M. Jagadiswara Rao described his observation that the division should be effected only after a detailed discussion on water, education, employment and medical facilities in the three regions as having been made with foresight.

‘Address issues’

Mr. Rao said in a statement all the political parties should give up their opportunistic politics and take a measured stand keeping in view the welfare of the nine crore population.

He suggested that the reasons for demands for division of the State should be addressed and the State should be kept united.

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