‘The voice of unity emerged victorious during a similar movement that was witnessed in 1969’

A massive crowd turned up at the venue of the ‘Laksha Gala Garjana’, organised by the Samaikya Rashtra Parirakshana Vedika, at Anakapalle on Wednesday.

Cultural troupes entertained the audience with their performances focussing on keeping the State united.

Visalandhra Parirakshana Samithi President Parakala Prabhakar, who participated as chief guest, called upon all people’s representatives in Seemandhra to resign to their posts and prevail upon the Centre to reverse its decision on division of the state.

He alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to divide the State to please one woman. He wondered why the Centre had not thought of dividing Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh, where there were similar demands for a very long time.

Mr. Prabhakar underlined the need to take the people’s movement forward in a peaceful manner till the Centre reversed its decision. He recalled that a similar movement had risen when a proposal came up for division of the State in 1969.

The voice of unity emerged victorious in the end, he said.

EPDCL strike

Electricity employees, under the aegis of Vidyut Udyogula Samaikyandhra JAC, deferred their decision to go on indefinite strike from Thursday, but will go on a 72-hour strike from Wednesday midnight. They are planning to go on an indefinite strike from September 16.

JAC chairman V.S.R.K. Ganapathi said that in the first phase all the 7,000 permanent employees in the five districts under EPDCL would boycott duties. In the second phase, outsourced employees would also be involved, if necessary, in the strike.

Visakha Muslims JAC announced its decision to launch relay fast at the Gandhi statue at Asilametta from Thursday.

At a meeting of the Congress workers and leaders on Wednesday, MLA Dronamraju Srinivas said Congress MLAs, MPs, and Ministers from Seemandhra had already spelt out their stand against bifurcation.

The meeting decided to take out a rally from Jagadamba junction to Kota Veedhi on September 14 in support of united Andhra Pradesh.

Non-Teaching staff of Andhra University boycotted duties on Wednesday and announced their decision to go on indefinite strike.

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