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Updated: October 12, 2013 13:35 IST
Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

Nellore toddy tappers join Samaikyandhra stir

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The toddy tappers’association stages a demonstration in Nellore on Friday. Photo: K. Ravikumar
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The toddy tappers’association stages a demonstration in Nellore on Friday. Photo: K. Ravikumar

The Samaikyandhra agitation continued unabated with political leaders and different organisations staging demonstrations to express their resentment against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Nellore Rural MLA and senior Congress leader Anam Vivekananda Reddy said that the division of the State should be stopped forthwith as the people of all sections of Seemandhra were opposed to it.

He said that the division would not help any region in the State.

Mr. Reddy took part in the demonstration taken up by the toddy tappers association in Nellore city on Friday.

Symbolic protest

He wore a toddy tapper’s belt and took part in the symbolic protest.

Addressing Samaikya activists on the occasion, Mr. Vivekananda Reddy said that there should be unity among all the organisations and associations for taking forward the agitation till there was an announcement against the bifurcation. He said that political parties should also rally together for the cause.

Mr. Vivekananda Reddy thanked the people of Nellore city and the surrounding areas for taking part in the protests being held at the VRC Centre since several days. Leaders from the Congress party city unit participated in the protest.

Relief work

Meanwhile, the district officials called off their strike temporarily and resumed duties to help in organising cyclone relief work in coastal mandals in the district.

As ‘Phailin’ is expected to be a very severe cyclonic storm, Nellore district’s coastline is likely to be hit to a certain extent. Due to this, officials are making all efforts to prevent any damage. Additional Joint Collector Ch. Penchala Reddy, District Revenue Officer B. Rami Reddy and other officials reported for duty.

The employees also came forward to take part in cyclone relief activities and to take preventive measures in coastal villages.

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