For the second consecutive day on Thursday, the situation in Anantapur district remains very tense with tens of thousands of people trooping into the streets to protest against the Congress party's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

Anantapur town which witnessed violent protests on Wednesday when students went on a rampage destroying municipal infrastructure and completely uprooting and desecrating statues of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, continued to be highly agitated.

With more than 20,000 people pouring on to the streets inspite of the presence of a large police force, including CRPF personnel, the situation turned violent at one place after another.

People resorted to burning of tyres and destroying municipal infrastructure even as the police resorted to lathi charge.

On the other hand, teachers organisations gheraoed the house of the Primary Education Minister Sake Sailajanath, who remains out of town for the last few days.

Elsewhere in the district, almost all major towns like Kadiri, Hindupur and Tadipatri remained completely paralyzed with not even two wheelers coming out on to the streets.

While the Dharmavaram MLA Kethi Reddy Venkatrami Reddy is learnt to have resigned from Legislative Assembly, the TDP MP from Hindupur Nimmala Kistappa appealed to the Seemandhra MPs of the Congress to resign and pull down the government. He said he is ready to resign in their support.