Protests and rallies against State bifurcation marked the day by bringing life to a standstill and holding up traffic for a few hours on the main streets of Kurnool city on Wednesday.
APNGOs staged a protest demonstration at the Collectorate and criticised the Centre for not giving a thought to change its earlier stand. They said the employees’ unions and student wings were bent on taking the agitation to a logical conclusion irrespective of the participation of political parties.
Judicial Employees’ Association, Animal Husbandry Department employees and others took out rallies and held up traffic at important junctions for some time.
The educational institutions were preparing for a mega event called “laksha gala ghosha” (chorus of one lakh voices) on the streets of Kurnool city on Thursday to protest against the bifurcation.
Meanwhile, former PRP leader D. Vishnuvardhan Reddy led by college students took out a bike rally here. Addressing the students, he said that the politicians had taken the public for a ride by not representing to the authorities at the right time.
He said Kurnool had a peculiar condition of being on the border of Telangana and Andhra. He said everybody should fight tooth and nail against the bifurcation and demand the capital status for Kurnool in the event of division.
He said Rayalaseeama should be made a separate State with all amenities and infrastructure to run as an independent State adding that no minority member in Kurnool city would prefer severing links with Hyderabad. He said the relation between Kurnool and Hyderabad should continue even if changes take place. The Centre must heed to the demands of the people of various places.