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Updated: September 18, 2013 16:15 IST
Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

Agitations continue to rock Tirupati

Staff Reporter
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Various groups take to the streets across the city

Drumming up support: Members of Nayeebrahmana community playing musical instruments during a protest against bifurcation, in Tirupati on Monday. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar
Drumming up support: Members of Nayeebrahmana community playing musical instruments during a protest against bifurcation, in Tirupati on Monday. Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

The Samaikyandhra movement is witnessing a steady support from various quarters for over the past month and a half. People from all walks of life, irrespective of their vocations, took part in the agitations and expressed dissent in their own distinctive styles on Monday too.

Members of the ‘Nayeebrahmana’ community took out a rally from Telugu Thalli statue to Ambedkar statue, carrying musical instruments like ‘dolu’ and ‘sannayi’. Raising anti-bifurcation slogans, they performed their daily chores like hair cutting and shaving at the centre.

Later, they joined the protest camp of Government Employees’ JAC and took part in the relay hunger strike. Barbers in the city closed shops and expressed solidarity to the event.

Protesting the prolonged silence of Seemandhra politicians on bifurcation issue, members of Medical JAC applied vermillion and turmeric to their posters at Ruia Hospital.

They demanded the politicians to add momentum to the Samaikyandhra movement by quitting their posts. Members of Telugu Nadu Students Federation (TNSF) tried to project the bleak future that could befall the Seemandhra students due to bifurcation by symbolically hanging themselves with a rope.

At the TDP protest camp near Krishnapuram Thana, they opined that students would have no other option but to die if the State was bifurcated. All the dental hospitals would be closed on Tuesday in response to the call given by Indian Dental Association (IDA) Chittoor, to extend support to the movement. IDA president T. Sridhar Reddy and honorary secretary C. Mahendra Raju said the future action plan would be based on the contents of the cabinet note to be prepared on Thursday on the bifurcation issue.


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